Everyone has beliefs, or credos, for how they live, whether they are verbalized or not. These don’t have to be just religious beliefs, but they can be too. Credos are underlying purposes and/or principles that a person uses, whether consciously or unconsciously, to guide their attitudes, words, and actions. They also may guide other type of beliefs, and one’s allegiances and dislikes too. Since the title of this blog is called “God’s Whisperings,” you can rightly expect that my Credos are all based on my understanding of who God is and who I am as a person.
Here are some of them:
1.) In Audrey Hepburn’s words: People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.-bold emphasis mine.
In my dealings with people, I strive never ever to reject anyone and to accept everyone as they are, especially with superficial things like looks, ethnicity, race, gender, class, social status, disability or lack thereof, etc. Of course, certain people MAY need to be rejected if they are a threat to our safety or to our mental or emotional health. For instance, if a person has been repeatedly abusive to you or someone you love and are unrepentant of their bad actions, one may need to reject them for a while and until they make amends. However, this does not mean I would reject someone who is hurting. On the contrary, as Jesus did, I would try my best to help them and /or make sure I could find someone that could help them in the way they needed it. This credo also stems from the fact that I used to be an outsider—a reject, and I know how lonely and how depressing that feels to have no one by your side, no allies. I don’t want anyone to go through the same stuff I did before.
2.) This is related somewhat to #1: Everyone has value; make sure to let everyone know that they are loved and have a purpose in life.
I love to encourage people because I see so many people devoid of feeling like someone cares and being loved. Even though I now know that I am cared about and loved by some people, I know there was a time in my life that I was unaware of hardly anyone that did, except perhaps my family. I also did not have a personal relationship with Christ at the time, and I felt like my life was pure drudgery. I never want someone I know to have to go through what I did or want to end it all because I could have been the one person to show them God’s love and I failed to show it to them. On the contrary, I want to show God’s love to them, so they will know Him and know not only how much I love and/or care for them, but more importantly, how much God loves and cares for them. Of course, I will love imperfectly, but I want to be able to point them to God’s love for them.
3) Work hard and never give up.
I admit that sometimes I want to give up, but I know that God and this credo that I live by, will never let me! For instance, when I want something in my life (I mean, really really want something!) and I try one way that doesn’t work, I often look for another way until I find a way that does work for me. I also live by the credo, “Sometimes if you want something done, do it yourself.” For instance, at work, if I want my department to look neat and I see something on the floor, I don’t wait until someone else picks it up. I do it myself. I also try to persevere in my relationships with others, and try to be the best person I can be, even if it means admitting where I was wrong and making amends.
So here are just 3 of my credos. I don’t always live by them perfectly, but I strive to everyday. What are yours? What credos drive your life? Why? If you want, please comment on your credos in the comments. We all have different credos that shape the way we live and shape who we are as people. Make sure you strive to be the person who you would like to be remembered as, and live well today.