Conviction, a creed to live by, putting your faith in God’s hands, or a code of honor. Where do values fit in with business and where do values fit in with your career?
How does conviction affect your values?
Everyone makes a decision about how they form their values. You might as well learn early on the source of my values. As the song says, “I’m A Believer.”
This forms how I look at the world, how I always looked at the world. But I firmly believe everyone must develop their own set of values and their own source for their values.
I’ve been thinking extra hard about values lately. It’s all over the news, Wall Street, Main Street, Elections. Even at church, it is stewardship time at my church. I understand the need for stewardship campaigns. I should, as a one-time committee chair who created the campaign materials.
This year is different. A new pastor is in place and I sense change in not just the type of campaign or how it is promoted. It feels different. I’m fully invested in hearing every word. I don’t think I’m alone either. I see the people around me wiping their eyes. Me too.
Today’s lesson was on the widow’s mite. It carried the theme from prior Sundays one step further. The lesson is about faith. Pastor Tim explained we are willing to sacrifice for the things we value.
In the widow’s case, she so valued the kingdom of God that she gave all she had. I am thinking about my faith and my values. As pastor said, these are tough times. Could we be like the widow?
Re-examine your conviction
I think this is a time when we need to examine our values, whether they come from believing in God or some other source. Employers look at values, especially honesty and ethics. Companies failed because of poor choices, poor ethics, and the willingness to look the other way.
If you waffled in your ethics or values, one set at home and one set at work, or even another set at church perhaps, you might find yourself needing to think about how your values impact your future.
Is it different now? Where does honesty and ethics fit in your career?