My husband's company, Claris networks has core values. These aren't just words that look nice on paper or impressive on a plaque. The core values reflect how they live and breathe on a daily basis. It is an amazing place to work, upholding not only ethical work conduct but truly 'networking' with the community.
Having such a great workplace has reinforced our own family values. We have some simple motives in our home, love God and love others. There are so many other values that take root from these simple rules - respect, patience, kindness, honor, generosity just to name a few.
Galatians 22-25, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
We teach these values and attempt to try our best to model them before our children. However, it is when tested that these values hold true and really shine. On a recent business trip with my husband, that was just the case.
I had a long relaxing day by the beach while my husband sat in meetings all day. At the end of the day, we both looked forward to reconnecting over dinner. On this particular evening, there was an arranged dinner with the said organization. I had gotten ready and anxiously awaited my husband's arrival. We briefly caught up on the day's events and went on our way to dinner. We were delighted to find out that the dinner was held in the penthouse of the hotel. The view was incredible. We walked into the room, and soon were caught in conversation. I was abruptly interrupted and informed that spouses were NOT invited to this event. This information was a shocking surprise considering that detail was not communicated in the agenda for the evening and all past events would indicate otherwise.
It was my immediate thought that this is a business trip, I would just enjoy dining alone and meet up with my husband after the event.
But it was at this time, I was shown a great deal of respect. My husband stated his disappointment in the poor communication of the details for the evening. After which, he took my arm and said, " where would you like to eat dinner dear?"
It was at this time that he stood firm in placing value on respect and family first! Something to not take lightly.
While this may seem like a little thing and somewhat insignificant, it is in these small moments that the heart is truly revealed. It is at this time when protecting the fabric of your marriage and family is so important.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.
Do your actions match your value system? When put to the test, is your initial response that which reflects honor, respect, and love?