Adoration

Adoration is to have esteem for, love for, and respect for. It is the basis for worship.  In relationships you might hear someone say that she or he is adorable.  That aligns with looks and personality, but not necessarily character, truthfulness and faithfulness.  So when we offer adoration to God, it puts the conversation in the correct context. God id God and we are not.  If the first things out of our conversation with God is proclaiming all of the thing we adore about him that encompasses the many powerful and amazing aspects of God’s character.

When we learn to pray using the acronym ACTS. which is adoration- confession- Thanksgiving and Supplication.  The biggest priority is one of alignment and being in awe and wonder at the works of his hand.  When we worship and state the God that is and present in our lives. That stands at the door and knocks waiting to be invited in.

Jesus is God with us.  After Jesus ascended he gave us the Holy Spirit.  Praise our God and then confess our short comings and sinful nature for God is quick to forgive.  Then after we bring our sins to the cross of Jesus, give thanks because the good news is that he took all of the sins upon himself and has paid the price., the work is done.  That means we do not nee d to earn anything. We only need to Believe Jesus and Follow hims. After adoration, confession and Thanksgiving, then you can lift your requests to the lord. The Lord hears those that are faithful to adoring Him, confessing to him ,and giving thanks for him.

So can we be a good christian without adoring God?  I am not sure we can to be honest with you.  By adoring the power, forgiveness and faithfulness of Christ, we learn more of him so that our personal relationship with him is based on the truth that is in His word.  That knowledge gives us a proper fear and awe of our Lord.  Once we understand that relationship, and abide in His will, then we can become a proper vessel for sharing His grace and love.

At the time of Noah, he was asked to build an ARK for a Flood that he knew was coming as a form of judgment on sinful man.  I know work is hard to come by after cataclysmic events like the flood.

I think the emotional baggage of the flood on sinful man, makes us all a bit paranoid when our house shows any sign of a leak, much less a flood.

 

Activeness

We well no the concept of idle hands being the devil’s playground.  Does that mean that being active is really really important.  What about deep thinking? What about self-reflection?  Activity seems to be related to achieving something.  From a biblical standpoint, should we do everything to the Glory of God.  What about our job?  Do we run the risk of being addicted to work?  If in our head we are convinced we are doing for the Glory of God, then how do we take a step back and gain perspective? How are we to ascertain whether our primary agenda was advancement and the rationalization was to the glory of God.  Maybe their are distinctions between passions and obsessions.

I think it is clear in scripture that we are to be hard workers beyond reproach.  Do more than the un-believers.  To achieve great things we must be active.  If we are active in work, active at home, active at church when do we slow down to be with God? When do we push into the personal relationship with God if we are so active that we are not create quality interactions?  I think whether we are driven by schedules or not, it is probably good in both circumstances to schedule down time and quiet time with the Lord.  If we do not slow down, then we may not hear God whispering in our ear. We may not be engaged with people at a personal level and driven for just production.

I think we are to be active, but at the same time we need to schedule down time. I think that is the idea of the Sabbath.  Take that one day and make it the Lord’s day.  It is important to be refreshed by the Holy Spirit.  It is also important to be active.  Activity drives results.  Plans drive activity.  Make a spiritual plan and work the plan.

Accuracy

Accuracy is an interesting trait or characteristic.  Of course every one wants to be accurate.  I guess the consequences can be overwhelming if we are not accurate.  First if we give a personal account hat is different from other eye witnesses, then our credibility is strained.  If it is believed to be intentional then you are a liar and a deceiver.

The challenge comes into whether accuracy of facts is dependent upon the capacity to understand those facts.  For instance if a Astro Physicist gave me a brain dump on the greatest things that science has discovered in our universe and the origin of all things.  Then I was asked by somebody did I hear the news.  Then that person asked what I had been told by the Astro Physicist, then I would be terribly inaccurate with my recall.  I think in this circumstance, if we frame our response as to this is not a field I know much about and I am not sure of all of the things I heard, but I can tell you to the best of my ability, but I am afraid I still would not give enough accurate information to make the exchange beneficial to anyone.  Instead we often say I think it was something about bla blah blah.  Either case we are not representing ourselves like an expert.

I think of eye witnesses to crimes.  Over time and under duress the sequence of events can change.  They do not realize that their recall is changing, but again we are called to give accurate information.  What if in trying to give accurate information each time it does change.  However, there is pressure to confirm what you already said, but your recall may be running counter to your own previous statement.

I think as I get older I get wiser and avoid pitfalls that would have ensnared me in my early years. But my brain does not run as fast or as deep as it used to.  I believe that to be an accurate statement.  So how important is it to be accurate.

I believe that if it is an area regarding your character, integrity or values it is imperative to be accurate.  Otherwise all of those will take a major hit and your name will be devalued and your light much dimmer than before.

What if you just do not have a handle on the facts.  I believe it is imperative to state that you are not 100% confident that it is 100% accurate.  Where you are certain, you should say so. Where you are not quite sure then you should say that as well. The problem is that to make sure people are confident in our abilities we want to make sure they know we are 100% confident even when we are not.  That is when character comes into play.

I want to be perceived as the best employee possible.  One for my own pride and to make sure I still have a job. But what if you doing that has a cascading effect on everyone that works with you.  By you presenting things as being accurate that may not be could effect the jobs of many other folks.

I think accuracy comes down to being certain because we have checked and double checked that it is true and accurate. many times we are inaccurate because we are to lazy to double and triple check things.  I have been rightfully accused of lacking detail. That means when I issue a report to my bosses, that I need to go over them many many times.  If I am doing a forecast, that might take someone thirty minutes to complete.  it may take me  a week to make sure everything on that report is accurate.

Some people can absolutely retain facts and give accurate accounts. Those that cannot have to be honest about that and live with the consequences.  If I give an account of the Gospel it has to be 100% correct.  If I give a recommendation for someone that I like it needs to be 100% accurate.  It can really hurt me with relationships to be accurate.  that does not mean I go offering information, but if someone is asking me to vouch for someone, then it is imperative that I am accurate.

I have had kids from my youth group ask for references to be camp leaders at Christian camps and I being one of the ones that know him best, of course he was expecting a great reference.  i am not sure I lived up to the bar of being 100% accurate.  I think I glossed over some shortcomings and lauded the things in his favor.  I did not want to ruin the chance for this person that I knew had Bible knowledge, but not sure he had a saving faith to be leading other younger children at a Christian Camp.  I knew he had all of the answers, but was not sure how much of that he took ownership of.  I could be wrong in my judgment of him.  But I desired him being surrounded by Christians to strengthen his faith.  But did I do the children who went to camp with him a disservice.  That I do not know.  I just know that I wrestled with that after the fact an awful lot. So in my core I know that I fell short.

It is easy to rationalize and give ourselves a pass, but to be completely accurate we need to be honest with ourselves.  We will find grace atthe cross, but we need to own where we fall short.

Accomplishment

The definition of accomplishment is one of fulfillment. Something done admirably.  One could have a series of small accomplishments.  This usually involves the acquisition of grace, skill and knowledge.  Synonyms for accomplishment are completion, execution, consumation, acquisition and proficiency.  When I look at this as a value, it is one of action.  It requires a goal to aspire to and then executing on a series of small step or one big step.  In the end, it does not happen with out focus and perseverance.

Accomplishing  a task is the building block in a much longer process.  I think about an accomplished musician.  They are the ones that put in the time and perfect the craft.  In the same way, people in business can set massive goals for themselves and accomplish many things. The accumulation of wealth by sticking to a plan regardless of the motivation  can get the admiration of many because it speaks to a certain aspect of your character.  That you are a doer and you complete what you set out to do.  In the same way, you can be loathed because of the route in which you took to get there.  If your steps to wealth was foreclosing on people’s mortgage on loan at a time, then you will have to live with the consequence of those decisions.

Proverbs 11:18

The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.

When I think of accomplishment as a compliment, it usually has tied to it a lofty goal.  When we are born we have an internal question of who am I  and what is my purpose.  If that question is sincere and you have altruistic motives, then accomplishments are absolutely lauded and worthy of praise.

I think of Matthew 25:21

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

So as a believer, my goal is righteousness.  If that is my hourly task then I know a couple things are certain.

Proverbs 11:30

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.

1 John 2:29

If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

John 8:12

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

So if I want to be a man of accomplishment, then I want to make sure my eyes are fixed upon God.  If I walk in the light, then I do not have to worry about the devour.  In the end I am accomplished by the work of Jesus Chris on The Cross.  By faith I have Jesus’s righteousness covering me.  So if the eternal prize is my goal and not the short-term crown of material accomplishment, then I know that I am accomplished by the only one that matters.  The one that will judge me as I walk across the Valley of the Shadow of Death.  Accomplishments are subjective and if somebody is counting, then they may have entirely the wrong focus.

That does not take away from the attribute of accomplishment is doing.  The willingness for most people to sit on the side lines is naturals and encouraged in the culture.  Do not rock the boat. Do not swim upstream.  It is always time to do the right thing for the right reason.  Even if that means sacrifice.  The rewards for accomplishing God’s will has a treasure beyond imagination.

 

 

 

Accessibility

When I think of values, accessibility is a real-time response to the Spirit of God.  I think about the number of times I am reminded to call someone or my wife reminds me to call some one and I choose not to.  I am not in a place or in a frame of mind to be of use to someone.  Meaning that I do not want to stop making it about me and make it about someone else.  That self-absorption is a sticky thing that does not want to let go of me.  So this value real gets to my self nature and motives.

When I think about John 1:14 “and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”, I think about utterly accessible Jesus made himself to us.  Jesus, the co-creator of all things, left the kingdom of heaven to save us.  To interact with us personally and freely give the gift of salvation. Our response is to repent and believe.  If god lavished this kind of mercy and grace upon us, we MUST share that grace and freely give it to whomever God puts before us.

There are two kinds of accessibility that I want to address.  One is spontaneous and where you can feel the Holy Spirit urge you onto to an action.  That is the time we just need to boldly take a step.  Then stand in the GAP as the closest lover of Jesus to the scene as it were.

The other is one of intentions and time management.  We all have extremely busy lives working and living in our culture.  I have certain gifts and experiences that are unique to me that God can leverage to help others. Not that I am awesome, but merely accessible.  i am but one tool that Jesus can use in people’s lives.  So with purpose I need to grasp, that others need me.  If not me and left to their own devices, the may take the path of least resistance.  if not me, perhaps someone else who is extremely accessible but perhaps not a healthy option.

in that we are busy, we need to carve out time on a regular basis with core friends and family members.  Commit to invest in them more than you are investing in them today.

Think about what God commanded in Deuteronomy 6: 4-9.

“Hear, O Israel: dThe Lord our God, the Lord is one.2 5 You eshall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And fthese words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 gYou shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 hYou shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 iYou shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

This gives us an idea of the level of investment that is necessary in raising children to the glory of the Lord.  Be free to give away knowledge, mercy, and your time.  To do this effectively we must be filled to the brim with the Spirit of the Living Lord. That only happens by walking with him daily, both in His Word and in fellowship through prayer. When your cup overfill share it with others.

When investing in core friends, it is important to know your strengths and experiences that can be of value to someone else.  In the similar manner it is important for you to know your weaknesses and be able to freely share with your close friends so that you can be encouraged.

For family, friends and community pursue big and lofty goals.  Without goals, your time can be less effective.  if you are on the same page with family and friends, then everybody understands the purpose of the time and you can be much more effective in achieving those goals.

Finally, Salvation is accessible to everybody.  Part of our being accessible is to tell of the good news of this accessible God who had made salvation accessible.

Acceptance

Acceptance is a powerful drug.  We will do a lot to be accepted by our click or chosen group.  The isolation that comes from being out of step with that chosen group can be traumatic.  That is why we bite our tongue and look to follow the lead of the alpha in the group.  That is if you are a follower.

Perhaps you are a leader and speak your mind and let the chips fall where they may.  Kind of like “The Donald”.  When you step in some poo, you either apologize or double down.  Very few leaders make a steady habit of apologizing.  Leaders need to be decisive and move on,   correct?  You ever notice how often you here Donald Trump state that everyone “Loves” him.  Even with a verbose egomaniac, they have a need to be accepted.

What about extended acceptance.  can you accept people with obvious flaws.  Accept them at the place that they are at right now?  If so, does it have a time limitation that you have expectations for them to evolve or your patience is not without time constraints.  If you do accept them, do you make them feel like a project or charity or is it genuine real acceptance.

How can they tell if they are genuinely accepted.  You do it by actually accepting them.  That means without prejudice.  Without prejudging who and what they are.  it is about looking someone square and the eyes and seeing there intrinsic value.  it is about walking shoulder to shoulder and listening.  If they ask, then you can tell.  The tell can be anything that you think may help their lot in life.  The only way you gain the permission to share at that level is by putting in the listening time. Listening plus time equals demonstrative love.  With that level of acceptance then we can all move to a better place.

The Ivory Towers are not as attractive to the peasants as the upper crust might think.  i am not talking about wealth, but rather about substance.  It seems like people of means somehow have the least interesting things to share.  Typically because they share the facade, not the plumbing.

 

Abundance

 

abundance

Value #1 in alphabetical order is abundance.  The first negative thing that pops in my head about abundance is gluttony.  Too much of anything is bad for you.  If we speak about abundance in material things like wealth we can conger up images of the tight-fisted Aristocrat that hordes their money while people around the globe starve.  But abundance could also be used when thinking about Philanthropists that use their wealth for wonderful things.  In the end we stand in judgment of those that have abundance and from our history with seeing people like this we have an emotional reaction to it.  more times than not, it is a negative image, but on occasion, it is a good one.

 

I think about charities that may give a million dollars to the poor.  Taken out of context that would seem like a noble and wonderful thing. But if they took in 100 million is contributions and only gave one percent of that to the poor and needy, then it seems like lipstick on a pig.  That is how I look at Philanthropist that give away a large dollar amount, but relatively small percentage of there liquid cash.

What about an abundance of emotion.  That scream out Bi-polar which is fundamentally an unhealthy condition. What if you were abundantly healthy and fit.  That may be great for your health, but might you lack empathy for people who are struggling with there health or fitness.

What if we were abundantly sad.  That would be a horrible dark cloud that would be like a black hole sucking everything into its gravitational pull.  Even light cannot escape.  But what if the light did not try to escape, but instead went into the black hole to shine where there was no hope and now there is hope.

What if I had an abundance of happiness.  Could I throttle it down in order to show compassion or empathy for someone else.  If I were to live in abundance how could that be a could thing.  What might the bible say about abundance.  I know a rich man will have a harder time getting into the kingdom than a camel fitting through the eye of a needle.  So that settles it on God’s opinion in abundance.

But wait…That whole thing about God going into that Black Hole called our life and shining that light.

John 10:10

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”.

Matthew 6:33

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

So the vessel has to be pointed towards kingdom attitudes and attributes and modelling God’s righteousness. So if the value is God, then Abundance is a result. Perhaps not for treasures in this world, but surely in the world to come.
When the value is Abundance, then God is not the purpose. If that is the case, you may have abundance now, but surely not in the world to come.
So abundance will be low on my list of values.  How does it rank in your scoring. On a scale of 1 -10, with one being not important at all and 10 being critical. I find that any score above 3 would put me in a place I do not want to be spiritually.  I know I should say 1, but I am not at that point in my journey.  Scoring a 2 would indicate that I am really close, which is not the case.  I will say 3.5 is likely the real answer of what it is today. At the end of this exercise, I hope it is at 2 or lower.

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