It’s all in the Follow-Thru
It’s been said before but it’s worth repeating. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Those with no moral compass will vacillate in a time of decision. But how many of us have actually taken time to sit down and seriously think about what our core values really are? I have found in life that if you really make up your mind beforehand what you would plan to do in a situation, should you ever be faced with that choice it’s a no-brainer. The decision has already been made. All that’s left is the follow-through. I’ve said it before, but I truly believe that a made-up mind is a powerful thing.
I heard a story many years ago about a church in Russia. During that time in history Christians were hated and hunted. One night in the middle of church service, the doors burst open and four armed soldiers walked purposefully into the room, while demanding everyone to raise their hands. They then told the people there that those who weren’t ready to die for their faith could leave to leave, quickly, but they would only have this one opportunity. Many did. The ones who chose to stay must have been terrified, knowing they were about to give their lives for the One they say they loved. The soldiers issued this command one more time, but nobody left. The four men then locked the church doors. Once they were alone, the soldiers amazed this small congregation by this statement; “We are Christians too. But we are only willing to worship with true worshippers, those willing to give their lives for their faith.” I’ve often thought about this story over the years, wondering if I would have the courage to live what I say I believe in a life-threatening moment.
For those of you, dear reader, who are interested in my own personal core values, it basically boils down to the ten commandments. If you read them in Leviticus they might just put you to sleep, so I’ll share the Kari-fied version:
# 1 He is everything. Literally. Black and white. No gray
# 2 You bow, you bend. I refuse to be ruled by a piece of cheesecake
# 3 Ladies don’t curse. At least, in my humble opinion. It’s sooo not cool
# 4 Don’t forget to give Him one day. Any day. But make Him the total focus
# 5 Obey your parents, in every way you can. Not easy, but do-able
# 6 Don’t kill. You’ll be sorry later. And it’s not worth it
# 7 Don’t sleep around. You’ll be sorry later. And it won’t give you satisfaction
# 8 Don’t steal. You’ll be sorry later. The guilt will keep you up nights
# 9 Don’t lie. It will come back to bite you
#10 The green monster is really, really ugly
The real ones are in Deuteronomy. Chapter 5. You should read them sometime. I don’t know where you stand, what your moral values are, but we all need a compass. I don’t believe “situational ethics” exist. A thing is either black or white. It can’t change. And there’s no such thing as “too late”. As long as you’re breathing there’s hope. Anything can change, until the day you stop either believing, or breathing. Think about it. That’s all I ask.
Kari, the stubborn-about-what-she-believes. After all, right is right. Period
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