I added some core values to the Framework to Life that essentially set up the foundation. Like every house or building that is built, it starts on a strong foundation. Consider these values the materials that create the foundation for this framework to stand on.
Faith: This is having trust in what you cannot see in front of you. First, you must have faith in Jesus Christ that He is your Lord and Savior, and through Him, you will have eternal life. If you have faith in the Lord, you understand that faith in yourself becomes stronger because of the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that dwells within you. So everything you do as you strive toward achievement is driven by the Spirit as long as you have faith. Faith is the number one value, because without faith, the other values that follow are not as valuable.
Ambitious heart: This is your heart’s desire to achieve. Heart is the key word here. Without heart, there is neither true purpose nor desire. Your heart is the epicenter of everything you do, from the birth of your vision all the way to making it a reality. It’s what drives the character and attitude that shape who you are. Ambition keeps your heart pumping for the achievement that you desire.
Continuous Knowledge: Knowledge leads to understanding which results in wisdom. You must apply all knowledge that is relevant, so your vision is clear through understanding. Knowledge must flow continuously!
QualityEffort: Everything you do, and perform, toward achievement has value toward the end result. To give effort the most value, you have to strive for perfection with the understanding of how important it is toward your vision. No matter how small it is, if it is something that gets you closer to achievement, value every second of the effort as you perform to the highest standard. No one is perfect, but that does not mean we can’t strive for it.
Faithful Perseverance: Perseverance is your determination that will get you through the tough times and allow you to keep pushing toward achievement. If you add faith and perseverance together, this means you trust that the Lord will guide you, protect you, and be with you all the way to the end. Faithful perseverance is powerful and unstoppable!
Since our hearts have a direct connection to our minds, it makes sense to protect the one organ that absorbs the world on a daily basis. You have heard that our minds are like sponges, but if the information is absorbed into our minds, where does it end up? I really think it depends on what you desire and what you want to do with it. If it’s intriguing and something that provides a sense of personal value, then you keep it. If it’s something that is not as interesting then it’s easily discarded. If it has some kind of value toward your personal being, and you constantly absorb it into your mind, it easily gets absorbed into your heart. Once it becomes absorbed into the heart it becomes a part of who you are or who you will become. If you constantly read God’s word daily because you have the desire to strengthen your relationship with the Lord, then it becomes who you are. If you desire the things of this world such as money, sex, drugs, violence, or anything that keeps you from the love of God, then that is what you become.
King David had a love for the Lord as a young man. He had God on his side as he defeated Goliath, but growing older he had his earthly struggles as well. He committed adultery and murdered his best friend as a result of his lustful desires. Despite the struggle within him, he always had a heart for the Lord. Since he had a heart for God, David was punished for his wrong doing and was forgiven. If you read through the book of Psalm and hit chapter 51, you will read the words written by David asking the Lord for forgiveness. It is never too late to ask for forgiveness. It is easy to ask Christ for forgiveness but repentance is the hardest part. This is where your heart needs to be strong by protecting your mind from the things of this world. Listen to David cry out to the Lord as you read Psalm 140. I encourage you to read the full chapter but notice he mentions the shielding of his head.
6 I say to the Lord, “You are my God.” Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy. 7 Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle. 8 Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord; do not let their plans succeed.
David says the Lord shields his head in the day of battle. As you live for Christ on a daily basis, you know that every day is a battle. If you have Christ in your heart and you struggle for righteousness, then be assured that the Lord will shield your head. If you allow your mind to be open to the world, then the wicked will be granted access to your heart and their plans for you will succeed. As you read David’s words throughout this chapter, read them with a sense of struggle and truly ask the Lord to protect you.
There is nothing wrong with having dreams and having a desire to achieve them. If you are passionate about your dreams, you become driven to succeed. But, if you are driving by yourself, how do you know you are going in the right direction? Everything starts in the heart and if you have God in your heart as you establish your plans to reach success, then God will direct your steps along the way.
We all have a heart condition! Our goal to a healthy heart is to be righteous in the eyes of God by emulating Christ in everything we do. This means being the most righteous human beings we can be. This means being sinless in our actions and our thoughts. Right now you are thinking “that’s impossible!” and you’re right! It is impossible, especially when it involves the deepest thoughts in our minds. Not to worry though, God loves us so much that He would never leave us hanging!
John 3:16NIV For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
If we were all perfect and sinless then we would not be free thinking humans with a conscious mind and an indwelling spirit. God wouldn’t have a need to send His one and only son to save us from sin. If God made us in this robotic way then how would He gain the true love of His people? There would be no need for love! God created us with minds and hearts that make up the fervent spirit inside of us. Our spirit is the inner being that dwells within our bodies which God wants to connect with individually if we accept Him in our lives.
Our hearts make up who we are as beings. Why would God only examine the outward actions of human beings when every action comes from the heart? He wants to see and connect with what and who is inside. He wants to examine the source of our human nature which is our heart. When you give your life to the Lord, you are giving Him your body, mind, and heart, which together make up the temple for His Holy Spirit to reside inside of you.
Deuteronomy 30:9 Then the Lord your God shall make you abundantly prosperous in everything that you do, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your cattle and in the produce of your land; for the Lord will again delight over you for good, just as He delighted over your fathers,