God writes the best stories.
Today I felt led to thoughtfully consider my core values. This is an exercise I’ve done many times before, but really felt led to do it again. I’ve been researching boundary-setting and have come to understand that part of the reason I have been having such a hard time setting healthy boundaries is I didn’t have a clear enough picture of what I valued.
What we value is at the root of what we feel is and isn’t okay (boundaries).
So today, I tried approaching uncovering my values a very different way from before. I considered the moments when I’ve felt slighted. Yes, you read that right. You see, it’s in these moments that our boundaries, and/or our values, are violated.
Exploring these situations can help us to understand what we value and what boundaries need to be in place. Through this seemingly backward way of considering values, I was able to finally identify three values that I truly believe are my core values:
- Actually having the reputed or apparent qualities of character
- Free from hypocrisy or pretense: SINCERE
- The state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded
- Freedom from pretense or guile: CANDOR
- a. Directness of expression: CLARITY
b. Restraint in ornamentation
- a. Help, use, benefit
b. Contribution to the welfare of others
- a. A helpful act
b. Useful labor
- a. Help, use, benefit
I retrieved all of these definitions from the Merriam-Webster website. As I was looking at the definition of service, I realized there were more definitions below, so I scrolled down.
And that’s when I saw it:
service • noun: an Old World tree (Sorbus domestica) resembling the related mountain ashes but having larger flowers and larger edible fruit
Origin and Etymology of SERVICE
Middle English serves, plural of serve fruit of the service tree
When God gave me the vision for this ministry, He gave me a vision of a tree, rooted and strong, bearing large, edible fruit accompanied by John 15:4. This is why the branch is a part of my logo/blog title.
Friends, He has a plan and He writes stories that are dripping with intentionality and detail. It may not always feel like it from our limited perspective, but we can trust Him.
I don’t know what this week has brought you. You may feel directionless and you may be wondering if there’s a purpose to it all. You have a purpose. The events in your life have a purpose. He can and He will use it all for good.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
image of Sorbus domestica retrieved from Virboga: The Virtual Botanic Garden