Great Values


by DP

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17

Recently I heard a very inspiring ten minute podcast from Zig Ziglar, the renowned speaker dubbed “America’s Motivator”. I personally regard his teachings and insights highly and recommend them for any stage you might be in life. The tittle of the podcast is “Use your resources”. In it Zig stresses the importance of using the resources available to us. He uses the example of many men that made many great strides and even revolutionized a foreign country. That country is Japan. Japan has no natural resources, no oil, no gas, no coal. Two-thirds of the land cannot be used for anything an it is half the size of the state of Texas. They also have half of the people in the US, and yet they are the number one creditor nation in the entire world. They are that way because they have developed the most important resource of the all; The Human Resources.

Each one of us are the only ones that can use our abilities. I am not going to transcribe word for word from the podcast, but what really caught my attention was a list of fifteen values ​​that are common and that make civilizations and world religions, great. The list was made by the Thomas Jefferson Center in Pasadena California after a number of years of research. Those values are: Wisdom, Integrity, Love, Freedom, Justice, Courage, Humility, Patience, Industriousness, Thriftiness, Generosity, Objectivity, Cooperation, Moderation and Optimism.

What if we pursue and live those values that have made others great? What if we decide to be the change and not ask for change? What if we take a good look at ourselves and embrace these values in our lives? I will promise you something: It won’t be easy, but it will be great! We were created for greatness, and yet we don’t live that way. But it can be done and you can do it. Living these values will not only help you, but all of those around you, and before you know it a ripple effect will be felt.

And it won’t be long when you will agree with James when he said that every perfect gift comes from above, and your life will be better because you will be living, great values.

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”

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About Danny Maldonado

I love to inspire people to Breathe expectantly, to Live confidently and to Move boldly. I love coffee. Husband and father. Hungry for God's presence and awed by His unfailing and undeserved Love for me! Did I say that I love coffee?
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