Principles for Life

Life is busy—which means we often enter an “auto pilot” mode of just surviving our day without spending time thinking about what we are doing and why. From the moment we are born we are greeted with language, social expectations, and systems of life that move us along. If we aren’t careful, though, we may find ourselves becoming something we don’t like. We need to take time to evaluate who God has called us to be, and whether or not how we are living helps us toward that goal.

The Bible has a multitude of verses to help shape us into people who reflect the image of a loving Creator. The prophet Micah wrote, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Mic. 6:8, ESV). The apostle Paul wrote advice on what should be our primary focus: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Phil. 4:8). We need to intentionally practice what is good, or we will merely go along with whatever is around us.

The Bible says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver or gold” (Prov. 22:1). We should put developing our character above any material prosperity. Jesus says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35, NRSV). There is nothing wrong with having money or talent, but if our reputation is poor, it will matter very little.

Take some time to write three life principles based on the verses mentioned above. Put them in your Bible, on your mirror, or wherever you can see them each day. Pray, and ask God to help you live them out.