When I die, I want to be known for something.
I pray that the legacy I leave behind, perhaps summarized on my grave-stone someday, will be one of generous love, peace-making, and excellent creative-work--all for the glory of Jesus. This is something I think about often, because quite frankly, life is short. What do you want to be known for?
We each have a set of values that we build and live our lives around. These values are the core of our identities--they make us who we are. We can call them "core values."
For Christians, the first and foremost core value of our identity is (or ought to be) loving, obeying, and trusting Jesus Christ.
Jesus tells us in John 13:35, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." He gives himself to us, daily providing us with life and breath, showing grace upon our sins and gently guiding us into His Kingdom worldview. His Spirit is in us, working through us for the redemption of the world. Jesus is the center of all our core values.
But of course, we each have other values on our lists, some shared and some unique, that we hope we will be known for someday. These are the things that people will remember us by when our journeys here come to a close.
So, what is on your list? What do you want to be known for?
Maybe a value related to your role as a parent, or your role as a worker. Perhaps a value related to how you treat people in your life. There are endless possibilities. As much as we have core values as individuals, we also have core values as groups of individuals.
Your family has a set of core values. Your church has a set of core values. Your workplace likely has a set of core values. Your hobby club or team may have a set of core values, even if unwritten. Core values are everywhere. They identify us and our groups, and they play a primary role in dictating how we live our lives with each other.
Here at International Disaster Emergency Service (IDES), we also have a set of 7 Core Values that we center our mission around (listed below). These are the values which we pray will be the descriptors of our team, and the expressions of our work throughout the world.
But, IDES is not just the staff and board members. This movement includes every single donor, volunteer, supporter, and partner. IDES includes you. This being said, we want to take the time to describe each of our core values in further detail with each of you, since we are in this together.
Consider it a series: For 7 weeks, the Devotional Blogs that are posted each Monday will outline one of the seven Core Values of IDES using Scripture and stories. We pray that this series will be insightful and encouraging to you as we continue to join together in meeting the physical and spiritual needs of suffering people throughout the world in the name of Jesus Christ. We cannot do this without you!
In the meantime, we would love to learn from you and get to know you more personally. What do you want to be known for? Leave a comment below to share with us!
Core Values of IDES:
-written by Chase Cotten, Media Director at IDES