I don’t care who you voted for. I don’t care what group you align with. Both are not perfect. Both have evil elements. Both have redeeming qualities. The point is NOT which party you like, which denomination you attend, if you homeschool or don’t, it’s not about WHAT you believe…It is about how you handle your belief in speech, love, conduct and faith. You can't impeach everyone who has a different view...that would be everyone in some area.
- SPEECH: How to stand up for your values by using your speech. Your speech shows the value you place on people different than you. If you use words like stupid and ignorant, the value you show from your heart is that you are the measuring line everyone should aspire to and be weighed by. You are judging everyone based on your experiences not respecting the fact that everyone else in the world has different experiences than you. No one ever came to the other side while having rocks thrown at them. Fill your speech with respect. You can still disagree. Imagine what value you are showing in your own home with your family when you show respect with those you disagree with. Only people with a high degree of maturity can fill their speech with respect while totally disagreeing. I had a two week conversation with an Atheist via FB. He was respectful, I was respectful. He asked questions, I asked questions. I hope he though, “Wow, that is what Jesus should look like. Not that hate and rage and damnation I usually get.”
- LOVE: How can you stand up for our values by using your love? Your love shows the values you place on people different than you. Love is defined with words like affection, kinship, admiration, benevolence and devotion. Imagine the value you show your kids when you show love to a difficult teacher, someone who gossiped about you, someone who cuts you off in traffic or your spouse who hurt you. Imagine the damage when you show hate…the opposite of love. Hate breeds hate. Love breeds love. The one you feed grows.
- CONDUCT: How do you stand up for your values in your conduct? I was once on a committee and, in the laws and regulations, I had to propose a program for its approval. I was told by someone on the committee that proposing it was not necessary, it was a good program and just go do it. I firmly said that was not the procedure and flipped in my binder to the actually rule. I was told again that it didn’t matter to which I responded RESPECTFULLY, “We can do this the easy way or the hard way. You can put me on the agenda or I can wait until the end for New Business to bring it up.” What value was I showing? My value of following the rules and not wanting any committee member to be caught off guard with questions about abstinence being taught at school. I also had a value of not getting pushed aside for someone’s lack of planning. My conduct was respectful, and to the point. Ya know, every time I saw this person after that, I got a hug and a very genuine conversation about how I was doing. My respectful conduct and speech gained me respect in return. What if my conduct would have been rude and overbearing and ugly?
- FAITH: How do you stand up for your values in your faith? For one, always see the positive. You can always focus on the good. Faith with a pessimistic attitude just does not match. Have you ever seen anyone who is constantly negative and faith-filled at the same time. I haven’t. Faith is trusting without evidence. Many scientist never attain this FREEING CONTENTMENT because they are like Thomas and have to have evidence. Faith shows those around you that no matter what happens in the world, in your town, in your community, on your street or in your house, you rely on something higher to take care of it.