Why is knowing about core values important? Because it helps us to understand who we are and how we can truly begin to know one another. We’ve all had that experience where someone you work with or see all the time just bugs you (hahaha, I’m just being honest). But then when you talk with that person you find out they are actually very nice. What you saw was their inner being, their core. Not all values are worn on the sleeve, that’s why after hanging out with someone for a while, you begin to see who they are.
Differing values doesn’t make anyone less human. At one time in my life, my values were quite different from what they are today. Needless to say, my group of friends (my oikos) was different. It’s the same for every one of us. As life goes on, through different ages, seasons, circumstances and beliefs, our values tend to change, which means, the people we hang out with (our oikos) will also change.
Core values are understood (and usually agreed upon) in all religious institutions, businesses, schools and governments. It would do us well as individuals to list and understand our personal core values. What drives you? What do you value the most in life? When you can answer these questions you begin to see who you are.
WHO ARE YOU?
Here’s a fun exercise. Print this list of values. Look it over and circle the values that pertain to you. Then from that list highlight five of them that you value most. These five are your core values. These describe WHO YOU ARE.