Have you ever been asked, “What really makes you tick?”
Sometimes I deflect the question by making a joke: “Well, my heart makes me tick. That’s why we call it a ticker!
But then I get serious and truly consider the question, because it is an important one. Maybe the most important one. So here is what I value most:
Four Key Personal Values
I value total devotion to God in and through Jesus Christ – my chief aim is “to love God and enjoy Him forever” (e.g. Philippians 1:21: Paul).
I value right priorities – being a godly husband, father, and friend (Proverbs 5:18-22, 18:22).
I value intentional learning – maintaining a learning posture in all of life (Exodus 33:13: Moses). If you stop learning you stop leading.
I value the truth – especially facing the truth about myself and, by God’s grace, intercepting potential flaws that might compromise my integrity (Psalm 51: David).
Six Key Leadership Values
I value humility – being led by God before attempting to lead others (John 21:15-19: Peter).
I value mentoring – having men and women in my life to help shape my vision, values, and lifestyle as a leader and to be in the lives of others in this same way (Acts 9:27-28, 11:25-26: Barnabas).
I value leadership selection – that leaders are both born and made (1 Timothy 1:18-19, 4:7-8, 11-12; 2 Timothy 2:2-3, 3:14-15: Timothy).
I value leadership development – the development of emerging leaders is of great importance in my life and in the extension of the Kingdom (Exodus 17:9-14; Numbers 13; Deuteronomy 1:38, 31:1-18: Joshua)
I value authenticity – pursuing honest and transparent relationships in community with the people I lead and who lead me (1 Samuel 18:1-4, 20:1-42, 23:16-18: Jonathan).
I value perseverance – pressing on to finish well as a leader (Hebrews 12:2; 2 Timothy 4:1-8: Paul).
And a core verse upon which my values are based:
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever” (Hebrews 12:2, The Message).
Tomorrow I will introduce you to my family.