Last month, I said we’d come back to the subject of “what I (we) should be.” So here we are …
It was at least 25 years ago that I saw the woman but I’ll never forget it. She was just leaving the grocery store, and I remember little about her appearance—plain-looking, overweight, maybe 30 years old. What sticks in my memory was the message on her sweatshirt:
~I may not be much … but I’m all I’ve got~
A cry of pain? Or a challenge to the world at large? I like to think that her implied message was simply: “This is me. Don’t expect more than what you see. I’ll not put on airs for anyone; I don’t need to, because I accept who I am and I am what I choose to be.”
If I could truthfully say that, I’d be satisfied. But too often I trip over what I think I should be.
My friend Janet chides me if I say I should be more disciplined or I should work harder or whatever. She says, “No shoulds! Life is not shoulds.” She’s right. It comes down to being what I choose to be; doing what I choose to do, as opposed to what I must do.
All right, Sam, what do you choose to be and do?
Well, gee, I dunno; life is complicated.
Do tell. So it is with my protagonist … and maybe with you, too.
Briefly put, what I choose to be and do is determined by my personal values. My worldview. As long as I live according to my worldview, I will live a complete, fulfilling life.
Oh, my, look at all the upraised hands … Yes, I am a bit of an idealist … Next question—you there in the second row … What is worldview? Ah, hah, I’m ready for that one.
Worldview is defined by James W. Sire of Intervarsity as “a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions … which we hold … about the basic construction of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being.”
Got it? Worldview is how you look at life, what determines your values as to what is right or wrong and what should be.
A raised hand in the back … How do I formulate that so it’s consistent with life and what I believe? … Uh, well, just look at how the time’s gotten away from us. We’ll have to save that question for next time.
In the interim, let me know your thoughts.