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22 | Finding Meaning and Purpose: Values Impact

Indeed as a person with a truly unique lifestory, each is called by name, to make a special contribution to the coming of the Kingdom of God. No talent, no matter how small, is to be hidden or left unused (cf. Mt 25:24-27) . . . . In this regard the apostle Peter gives us a stern warning: “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pt 4:10).

John Paul II in Christifideles Laici, at 56

Making our unique contribution. It’s a powerful catalyst to effective action when understood in a Christian framework. Making our contribution, using our talents, and being stewards of God’s grace. 

It’s perhaps surprising how central the role of “values” is when we are talking about making our unique contribution. 

Values are deep within us. Often they are not fully conscious. Here we are referring not to morals or ethics. We are talking about the things that make you different, that makes you prefer one thing over another. 

For instance, some people have “fun” as a value. Karen, in the podcast, shares how a lady harnessed her value of FUN to empower and uplift others in her daily life and work. 

Values are deep within your unconscious. They are motivating you. They are driving you. They are why you make the choices and decisions you make, even if you don’t realize it. And it’s part of who you are, and it’s part of your special contribution to bringing your values to the world. And when we are living into our values, honoring our values, that’s part of what contributes to having a deep sense of purpose in life.

Naming and claiming your values will serve you well. You can leverage that knowledge to bring your values more fully into all areas of your life. You can see where they are driving you in areas you were not aware of. You can choose to honor them to sustain you through difficulty. You can choose one of them to honor when they are in conflict. 

We offer more tips and offer more insights around values in the podcast. 

Making our unique contribution. It’s a powerful catalyst to effective action.

Do you have a strong sense of making your unique contribution? Why? Or why not?

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