As a Christian
and member of the Vineyard Church I believe our behavior is governed
by values. These in turn become imprinted on everything we do.
In fact they
become the essence by which we live. I believe any nation, and in
particular I'm thinking of New Zealand, would benefit greatly from
adopting the goal of a value driven lifestyle.
There are two
parts to a value driven lifestyle and these are what I have adopted;
sincerity and consistency, education and enterprise.
At the core
of my belief is that the Bible is the basis of any employment contract.
This contract simply put says, "a fair days pay for a fair
We have a responsibility
to make the most of what we have, however I do question that while
so much of our life is focussed around labouring, when will we collectively
pause to lift "our game?"
While we live
and conduct business in an environment that promotes the "market,"
where the price for goods and services is not necessarily what they
are worth, the prices relating to the wealth of the consumer, then
what hope have we? Surely there is a better way!
We reveal the
truth through our actions.
is often misleading, people reveal the truth in their actions.
For us to overcome
this current situation we must do what they cannot. Walk the values,
put them at the core of our business relationships and enjoy reasonable
profit compared to market philosophies.
I don't often
think backwards I'm always thinking about where I am going and therefore
encourage others to move beyond what they might normally accept.
It is important
for us to speak the truth, deal honestly and live uprightly.