A few weekends ago, my brother-in-law brought up my remarkable (in my mind at least) past prowess on the basketball court. My wife’s eye-roll signaled my nephew to protest the mentioning of my former glory that only served to inflate my ego. Reliving those days reminded me of the attention to detail that went into playing for “bragging rights supremacy” among friends. Dedication to my craft, the wisdom of the game, and creativity were a few values that I used to achieve my purpose. I also implemented those core values for playing in a team atmosphere. Looking back, I had many of the same core values when answering the different callings I wanted in my life.
Thinking about the transformation that happened to Paul when he went from (Saul)—a self-righteous persecutor of Christ followers—to an apostle who wrote 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament. This made me realize that Paul’s core values were similar in both walks of his life. What changed was how he used those core values after clarifying his God-given calling.
1 Peter 4:10
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
Saul used a great deal of zeal, wisdom, and passion in his violent quest to destroy Christians, until his encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus. But once faith overtook his religious convictions, he finally started using those core values to benefit God’s purpose.
Everyone’s true calling is unique. When I stopped running from my calling, I dedicated myself to learning and growing. The wisdom I gained continues to push me forward in creative ways. Dedication, wisdom, and creativity are some of the values that I hold true to myself. Amazingly, I get to use my values to serve something greater than anything I could imagine. We should all hope to use our principles to lead us BACK TO YOU.
How do you operate in your daily life? Do your values help to serve more than yourself?
Take GrowthTrack to help clarify the values important to you.
Use your values to shape your purpose by paying attention to the things that go against your intuition.
God, it is so special how you turned the violent nature of Paul into a life-changing movement that continues to serve your purpose today. Let all of us understand that it’s never too late and we are never so far gone to be out of your line of sight. Your reach is great enough to lead us back to you. Your love is the adventure we all need. Amen.
This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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