It's August already. Summer is almost over. How are you doing?
Before summer ends let's talk about culture. Culture is what we do because of who we are and what we value. Culture is separate from genetics. It is not passed down through the generations by heredity. Culture flows downstream from leaders, the movers and shakers of a generation that diligently work with their hands and minds to build a lasting foundation for what they believe in. Culture-setters are disciple-makers. Culture-setters live out of what they value and commend their values as worthwhile to pass on to others through relational authority and influence.
So what's the easiest way to become a culture-setter and live out of what we value most? The answer is simple: you already are. You are a culture-setter and you do live out of what you value most.
Each and every person has the capacity to influence, commend, and create culture. A better question is what is the culture you're living and how does it align with the culture of the Kingdom? How is what you do revealing who you are and what you value, and who is following in your footsteps?
More often than not, we appreciate things more than we value them. I have found myself countless times on Sunday mornings in church being stirred by a message, even agreeing and affirming a word or statement from the heart of God for my life. But when does my amen truly count? When my amen becomes a man and lives it out.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."
The things we find valuable are the those we give ourselves to and sell everything for.