Values Determine Actions and Actions Show Values
By Debbie Walker
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
When we value something like the merchant valued pearls our actions will show this. The merchant valued pearls so much that he searched for them. And then when he found one he acted. He sold everything he had and bought it.
This is much like our lives. When we value something, we will act on it. Our values determine our actions. I love hosting people. Hospitality, making someone feel loved and welcomed, is very important to me. I will invite people over, cook for them, hang out with them and make them feel welcome. This is because I value hospitality.
If I say that I value something but never do or show it, do I really value it? When we are clear on what we value and are intentional about acting on this we provide a much clearer example of who we are. I think evangelism, talking to others about Jesus, is super important. So, when I am talking to someone I am intentional to steer the conversation to Jesus. I am intentional on making what I value clear with my words and actions. Grandparents value their grandchildren. How do we know this? They talk about them and usually show you a couple of pictures of them. There is no question that those grandchildren are valued because the actions of the grandparents show it.
This was very obvious to me a couple of summers ago when we were hosting a team of 20 junior highers and their youth leaders. One of our interns loved and valued breakfast. I don’t mean cereal and bagels. I mean warm hot pancakes, eggs and bacon breakfast. She valued it enough that she would wake up at 5:30am and cook for the group. We were doing outreach until 9 or 10 some nights but she was still willing to get up and cook. Why? Because she valued breakfast.
What do you value? If you don’t know, then honestly ask yourself.
Do your actions show what you value? Again, be honest with yourself.
Our values determine our actions and our actions show our values.