CORE VALUES . . . what are my core values? What does that mean?
It means trying to decide what I believe, the really important fundamental ideas that govern how I act and how I react—it seems like trying to identify each piece in a dish of spaghetti!
Now seems like a very good time to STOP and for each of us to take a good LOOK at that inner chamber that controls the voices we LISTEN to, but rarely question.
Do I react to certain people or events in a negative way and other people or events in a positive way without even knowing the people or being a part of the events? Have I ever stopped to ask myself why? Is it even possible for me to confront myself honestly, to examine any mask that might be “justifying” my feelings? Can I stop justifying my feelings and examine them and where they came from without judgement so I can choose to accept them or reject them based on who I am now?
The first discussion needs to be ME with ME . . . honest, open examination of me by me and then I can own my “core values” and live by them because I know what they are and why they are important to me . . . it sounds simple and right, BUT removing masks can be very difficult and painful . . .
may God give me the strength and wisdom to walk forward
a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6.
My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)!
I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting!
Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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