Many people say that how you spend your money and time shows what you value, and I would agree. Not that money and things are bad in themselves, but that’s a topic for another day. Here at Be The Proof we have values as well. These are things that we strive to live out ourselves as well as share with all of you in our posts. What we do and share should revert back to at least one if not more of these values.
These values that are central for us here at Be The Proof are:
Biblical Truth is first and foremost. What comes from Be The Proof should biblically based and sound. There may be content or information from books as well but scripture is going to be the bedrock and foundation for everything, as it should be. John 17:17 reminds us that God’s word is truth. If His word is not what we are standing on then everything around us crumbles.
Authentic conversations are a big thing missing in the world today. Either people are harsh and accusatory or under the banner of ‘love’ they accept and are ok with everything under the sun. Of course those are extremes and not how the majority of people are but it proves a point. Just look at several different news station or websites about the same event. They are going to be different yet claim to be the truth. We want to be a place where we can have authentic conversations about the tough stuff without alienating or attacking. Truth will be shared but not in a self-righteous way. We want only the best for you and to support your relationship with God. In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Paul reminds us that God uses our weaknesses and that we should rejoice in the areas we are weak because those are the areas God can shine through most. When we are honest with ourselves and God about where we are at, we can see God moving through our lives. Authentic conversations function in much the same way. When we approach things by trying to create dialog rather than aim darts, our conversations produce more fruit, allow God to move through the hearts of all those involved, and allow truth to be spoken.
Intentional living is also something fairly counter-cultural these days. In a world of spontaneity and instant gratification not many live intentionally directed lives. It is important to enjoy each day and not overlook the seconds in each day. I am learning each day that this life is so short and each moment fleeting, but that doesn’t mean to disregard planning for the future. Having a plan and goals to strive for are very important. They allow you to maximize each day and its impact in this world. Who has God called you to be? What has he called you to do in this world? Live intentionally focused on Him and what He has in store for you. We see this modeled for us in John 15:4-5. Jesus reminds us that we are the vine, and He is the gardener. The only way for us to bear fruit is to intentionally lean into what God is doing in our lives through his loving care. If we are not leaning into God, we cannot do anything we say we want to.
Everyone is a leader. You don’t have to be a CEO or mayor to be a leader. Are you a parent? You’re leading your children. Are you a husband? You are leading your family. Are you a person? You are leading yourself. Yes you read that right. Each day you choose how you are going to lead yourself. What you are going to eat for dinner, if/how much you are going to exercise, what your spiritual disciplines look like, how you respond to an accusation by another person; these are all things you lead yourself in every day. How you choose to respond is up to you. Psalm 78:72 gives us the view of a shepherd shepherding his sheep. The shepherd keeps a close watch over his sheep because he knows how easy it is for them to stray or get lost. We have a responsibility over ourselves, and those in our direct care to protect them and watch over them and lovingly guiding them back into the fold when they are lost.
What do you value? What is, at the core of who you are, central to how you live your life. If you are unsure, it might be worth some quiet time with God brainstorming and listening to what He says to you.