1 My Personal Values Belhaven University Author Note This paper was prepared for English 103, Composition and Rhetoric, taught by Kimberly Dowe-Davis. 2 My personal values are those things that are the most important and meaningful in my life, my belief in God and my devotion to and appreciation for my family. Those are my priorities and my highest motivations. These personal values are important to me because they shape my behavior, help to guide me through life’s journeys, and support my faith. My value system is based on my belief in God and shaped by my experiences with my family and other relationships with people who have been in my life.
Inspiration for a Better Life Jennifer Shirland English 121 Mary Stewart September 21, 2011 Life experiences and circumstances can sometimes have a way of decreasing my belief that I can build or create the life that I desire. The barriers and obstacles, I have perceived in my life, can sometimes seem insurmountable and limiting to me. However, because of my faith in God, I believe with all my heart, that we are born with everything we need to construct the existence we want and the future we have always dreamed. This is why I have decided to return to school and pursue my education. Lately, I have felt like my true calling has been calling.
I believed one of the reasons why I chose to run from church at an older age was because of the parenting styles of my parents. However, knowing the Bible says to train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are older they will not depart from it. It is true, I am now at a place where I love the Word of Christ and cannot put the Bible down. Now that I am in a place in my life where I seek God daily through prayer and Scripture, I try to understand more connotations to Scripture. Keith Ferrin’s book, Falling in Love with God’s Word, in a very short time, has made me open my eyes for a better connotation with scripture.
We accumulate our personal value system from our childhood experiences. They are learned teachings and observations from our parents, teachers, religious leaders, and other people that influenced us. Values reflect a person’s sense of right and wrong. Ethics is defined as a social, religious, or civil code of behavior considered to be correct, within a particular group, profession, or individual. It is also a branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and outcomes of such actions.
I was taught at a very early age that we should treat others as we would have them treat us. I was also taught that every person is important and we should treat them with love and respect. I try to live by those rules, though it is not always easy. My faith is also a big part of what influences my philosophy. I believe that God has a plan and purpose for each one of us.
Lastly, I learned that God will always love and forgive us. It is necessary to respond to God in order to receive salvation. God will always call but sadly not everyone responds. Some people respond and achieve salvation. Others don't because they are caught up with the world.
They understand the bible is the final authority. This type of counseling can address a range of emotional and spiritual issues. Christian counselors understand that the Bible has a lot of practical wisdom. There are several avenues a Christian counselor can take to help a spiritually oppressed person become a whole person, mind, body, and soul. Three of these avenues are overcoming false guidance, bitterness and rebellion.
Life Purpose There use to be a time when I was not sure of my life purpose. As years have passed, I have realized my purpose is being a role model. No matter where I go or what I do, people always look to me for advice and leadership. I have accepted God has placed me on this earth to help those who are traveling the same path I have traveled or similar. My job is to motivate and teach others not to make the mistakes I have made.
But I really didn't get an understanding of what was really going on till I got older and started learning for myself what it meant to live your life for Christ. Now I still didn't want to be there all the time but it was more bearable the more I opened up and really listened to what was being taught. Growing up I never felt like I was
My experience will also help me create a special relationship with my students because, I know how it feels to not be wanted and I know how it feels for people I don’t know to take me in and love me like my own. I understand that as a teacher I am going to be responsible for a unique group of individuals. Some students may come from homes that aren’t broke, where their parents aren’t divorced, where they have all the resources available to them in order from them to succeed, and some will not. Based on my experience and as an educator I feel it is my obligation to take those children and love on them just like they were my own children. It’s going to be my job to encourage a struggling student when their families won’t and show them how they can in fact achieve more than they think.