3 Things that Define My World View
This world is not stable.
Right now, it seems like everything is in a constant state of change. Facts have lost their validity, definitions are up to anyone’s interpretation, the truth is subjective, and reality is only real when it’s convenient. Can people live in a society that can’t agree on which values are virtuous and which are bigoted? If there’s no up or down, what is there? How can a person be firmly anchored when there’s no gravity to hold them down? What are we supposed to do? Just float aimlessly through life while we pretend we’re purposefully moving towards idealism and then eventually stumble into nothing?
No, thanks. That’s not the life for me.
When I was 15, I decided that I had to figure out my world view. When I was 19, I was forced to take it seriously. When I turned 23, I realized why it was so important.
The most important part of my life is my faith in Jesus Christ. It’s what I want to define my identity, my direction, my relationships, and my purpose. My dad’s a minister, so I grew up within the church and have been around it my whole life. I memorized Bible verses, I listened to Christian music, I didn’t celebrate Halloween, and my weekends looked like ‘Friday, Saturday, Church-day’. It wasn’t bad. I actually loved the way I was raised and I’m grateful. It laid the foundation for me to develop my perspective about the world, life, and how it all works together.
And just where did I get the inspiration for my perspective? You guessed it – the Bible!
The Bible is my buddy. I’ve actually fallen asleep with it on my pillow. We’re tight. There’s a popular saying that the Bible is the only book that will read you while you’re reading it. I’m here to say, that’s an understatement! At least for me, the word of God will confront me and reveal things about myself (and the world) I never knew were issues, all while providing comfort and peace in the knowledge that there is a hope that won’t ever die. It’s an amazing read, so I encourage you to pick it up and take a look.
There’s not one situation, theme, or instance in life the Bible doesn’t have an answer to. Which is the exact reason why I choose to use it as the basis for my world view. I can’t even try to write about each way it can be applied to life, because it’s all of them. So, I’ve just picked three pieces that I personally use to create the lens in my truth-colored glasses.
1. Following the Ten Commandments
It doesn’t get more basic than this, my friend. If you want a 10-step guide on how to live a generally good life, this is it. Yes, these were the first standards ever given to God’s people thousands of years ago, but that’s okay! These words don’t expire. They are so applicable to today, it’s almost ridiculous.
You can find the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, but here’s a quick rundown: God is the only god to care about. Don’t make your own. Don’t call Jesus out of His name. Get in a rest day. Respect your parents. Don’t murder people. Don’t get into adultery. Don’t steal. Don’t lie. Don’t want what’s not yours.
It’s the basic stuff that shaped me as a kid growing into adulthood. It’s not always easy to stick to, but it’s simple and it’s helped me dodge the balls of drama and yuck life throws my way.
2. Being a Child of God
Like, actually. I have been adopted into the family and it’s amazing.
“His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are His children, we are His heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering.”
Romans 8:16-17 (NLT)
Something changes when you realize who you are and what you’re worth. Knowing that I’m a child of God means I don’t have to subject myself to cycles and stresses in the same way everyone else does. It’s a bold perspective that opens up the realm of possibility to overcome everything. And it also means that I should reflect who I am, because my behavior reflects whose I am. How I talk to people, what I wear, where I go, the kinds of relationships I have – all of that is a walking advertisement, highlighting my sponsor. It’s confidence, but not in myself.
3. Loving People
I’m not sure if there’s anyone who disagrees with the idea that love can solve any problem. If there is, they can take up their issues with God, because He’s the one who came up with it.
“’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT)
Love is the answer. It’s the answer to dealing with difficult people and making friends. It’s the answer to figuring out how to run a team, company, or country. It’s the answer to each day and the bumps that come along with it. It’s all incredible, and incredibly hard to do on my own. But that’s why I have a compensator with me who makes up for all my weaknesses and gives me the grace I need to live out His instructions.
[Read this really good post to find out what real love is!]
I know myself well enough to understand that I cannot handle my wellbeing on my own. I’m not equipped to self-direct, self-motivate, or self-love myself through life. No one is – it’s the human condition. We can help each other in so many ways, but even still, we’re limited. If you look at the state of the world today, that’s quite obvious. This planet has been broken forever, hasn’t it? Have we actually truly fixed anything?
We just don’t have the answers. And neither do politicians, philosophers, celebrities, or our elders. Their wisdom, life experience, and advice can be helpful and inspiring, but it doesn’t satisfy the soul. There’s not one person who is perfect, who has the ability to solve every problem any man, woman, or child has ever had. And that’s why I won’t build the foundation for my life, or my world view, on something that’s born out of human deficiency.
I choose to adopt a perspective based off what can never change – the word of God.