Healthy Habits of a Life of Faith

Week 2: September 17

UNderstanding Original value

Divine eternal value comes from our origin - God, our Creator.  It doesn’t depend on your behavior, actions, or the results you produce; it comes from your identity as a child of God.  Your value is eternal, unchanging, and unique because it comes from an eternal, unchanging, and unique Parent. God had your value in mind when He created the universe. However, we lost our connection and understanding of our original value.  Thus, it’s often a struggle to fully feel and experience it in our lives. 

We make choices and decisions in our lives based on the values that we have or the value that we practice.   If we know our own original value it directly guides us in making mature choices and shapes the decisions in our lives. If we always base our value on something that changes all the time, it prevents us from being able to experience unchanging love and true happiness. In our lives, we can ask ourselves, “Who or what is my subject?”  “Who or what am I allowing to determine my own value?  Is it people around me or is it God?”  If I let others determine my value, it means I am no longer the subject of myself, they are.

Although our value comes from God, it can be expressed through God centered relationships with people.   For example, a friend of faith or a mentor is someone with whom you share God’s point of view of your value and who sees and reminds you of your original value. 

  • “What do I place as the source/subject of my value?”  

  • “What’s been one of my best experiences (even a few moments) feeling/experiencing/getting in touch with my value as God’s child?”

On this week's call/meet up:

  • Share thoughts on the "weekly inspiration" below and your experiences and tips on incorporating this week's faith habit into your daily life
  • Share about other ares of life (school, faith, friends, family, work, etc) that you want support and encouragement in

Quotes:

“Your faith, your truth, your divine light is not dependent on a pastor or a religious leader; it is in your divine connection with Heavenly Parents’ True Love. If you experience doubt or you lose your way, just return to the origin, the root, the word, your true heart, conscience, and center, and you will find your way back on the path of True Love. Even though we are going through a time in our movement when there are voices of confusion and discord, we must not lose sight of our center which resides in True Parents, in the Word, and in our own conscience. They serve as our compass so that we can navigate with an even hand, while sailing on stormy shores.” – Sun Jin Nim

“We need to experience profoundly, in our heart and in daily life, the countless efforts God has made to build a parent-child relationship with us. What is our last remaining hope? On what basis can we stand in front of God, in His grace? This depends on how much we succeed in building the parent-child relationship, which is God's ideal of creation. We discover our value based on how much we put this into practice in daily life.” CSG, Book 8 (3-028, 1957.09.15)

“We have to define God as the standard of Value. He never changes and that makes Him valuable. God has many attributes and they will never change. Therefore he is in the center pulling the whole world around an axis. We can safely say that this is the quality that makes him valuable.” - Way of Tradition II, 216

Action Step

Take some time away from your daily routine - leave your phone behind, disconnect from the city/music/people and go find a spot in nature.  Use this time to connect with God as your Heavenly Parent. 

Bonus: In the role of a friend of faith, express God’s sense of appreciation for someone in your life.

Questions?

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