Justify the Value’s Position in the List. Include any challenges to employing these values consistently when making personal and organizational decisions. 1.
“Faith is being sure of what we hoped for and certain of what we cannot see” (Heb. 11:1, New International Version).
I watched my mother and father live out their faith in our home. They loved others, were generous with their time and money, and consistently practiced the disciplines of Christianity.
Faith is foundation. Faith is the lens in which all things are seen. Faith defines the other values. Heather
Van Epps, Ph. D communicates
faith in this secular way. "It amazes
me how all these things inside us
know how to behave. Our biology
generates phenomenal for healing,
resilience, and survival. To find
cures and help prevent disease, we
have to believe in the miracles of
nature as much as our own ability
to figure them out. Right now I'm
researching deadly secondary
infections in cancer patients. As
rational as scientists are, I think
we're motivated by something emotional, even spiritual--that the answers there and that we'll find
them." (Van Epps, Ph. D &
Fuentes, 2002, p. p.s1(8)).
Practicing faith is sometimes
frowned upon by other
individuals who do not hold it as
valuable. Practicing faith may
impede time and commitment to
work as well as be in direct
contradiction to business decisions.
THE GOLDEN RULE
Do unto others as you would have done on to you. (Luke 6:31). “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” Sunnah Islam
I have a plethora of friends and family who have exemplified the golden rule over my lifetime. My husband has routinely put my needs and desires before his. Humility is another word to define this value.
The Golden Rule is a way to live out faith. Ranking the golden rule 2nd puts hands and feet on an individual’s faith. “This is the most commonly selected. It calls for empathy as the point of reference for behavior. It has a universal appeal--for parents, for children, for customers, for employees, for people of any background.” (2002). While everyone has the potential to live by the golden rule it is easier said than done. Conflict, frustration, tiredness, illness, greed, and a host of other emotions war against our individual desire to do the right thing. This is an everyday battle. 3.
Joy is not dependent on external events but comes from within. Joy is recognizing our value and the value of those we love. (Stone, 2004)
Michelle and Bella are two of my lifelong friends. Growing up in school they both showed me the value of laughter and crying, happiness and sadness. Together they examplified joy in the midst of many trials; divorce, cancer, loss of a loved one.
"I've found a profound sense of joy in my work with St. Jude Children's Hospital. You can't believe what these kids are going through every day, but they still laugh, play, and share their dreams. Believe it or not, it's really a happy place… It's such a privilege to help people feel better and more comfortable. Even the smallest pleasures can make a big difference." (Van Epps, Ph. D & Fuentes, 2002, p. p.s1(8)). Joy is the lense in which we view life and the decisions and actions we take. Once our foundation of faith and our approach with the Golden Rule is solidified, one must evaluate this lense of joy.Attitude and perspective are critical elements of joy and are also the greatest hindrance to its existence. Staying postive in the midst of hard decisions is difficult.
“a significant connection or similarity between two or more things, or the state of being related to something else” (Encarta 2007).
I believe that every person I have encoutered in my journey has contributed to my stance on relationships.
The Bible says, “It is not good for man to be alone.” (Gen. 2:18). And “As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens...
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