So, it turns out that a very challenging question to answer is “what are your core values?”. This can be asked to us personally or perhaps asked of an organisation or indeed, given the state of current affairs, to a politician (Now – if he or she is prepared to give a straight answer is another question entirely!).
Questions like this get to the ‘heart’ of what we are truly all about… what it is that we hold most dear. I often remind my children that Jesus said “What you say flows from what is in your heart”, in other words – the heart is connected directly to the mouth! In the end, what we hold and treasure in our hearts drives what we do and what we say, thus changing the world for the better or for the worse.
We live in a society that has an obsession with ‘function’, which means that culturally at least, we are so often caught up in the ‘doing’ of life, with almost no time for the ‘being’. It’s in this context then that we can begin to lose our humanity. We can lose sight of what we really ‘value’, as our hearts become overwhelmed with ‘functionality’.
Its a very dangerous situation when we forget our core values and simply get on with doing ‘stuff’. We may say to ourselves that in our hearts is love, justice, inclusion etc. but are our actions truly congruent with these values?
The world is changed by hearts filled with love – love that flows from our hearts through our bodies, our voices and our actions. So, can we ask ourselves this most important of questions, what do we ‘really’ value? What is ‘really’ in our hearts?
Luke 6:45: “The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.”