A couple of years back, the Griffin crew headed up to one of our all-time favorite spots, Red River, New Mexico. It is a great mountain town in the Enchanted Circle of New Mexico. We have skied there, hiked there, shopped there, fished there and yes, have had intense go-cart and putt-putt golf competitions. Recently a family who is dear to us headed up that way, and I made mention of two great hikes, one up to Middle Fork Lake and the other to Lost Lake.
From Lost Lake you can scramble on up to the top of New Mexico, Wheeler Peak. Both lakes are beautiful, but you have to pick a direction.
In life, knowing your direction is key. Core Values, that is the direction or vector you choose in life for yourself, your family or for an organization can either be accidental, or they can be thought through and chosen. Either way, you are definitely headed somewhere. Wouldn’t it be better to choose your direction?
For my family, there are identified values. These guide our heading – which by the way, we may not know the ultimate destination or outcome until we get there – but these values set the course.
Here are our Griffin family values:
We are committed to the pursuit of learning and stretching ourselves – about God and all He has created, from history, cultures and languages, to the arts, sciences and nature.
Our family is a launching pad, for each of us – to go, explore, build relationships and community, and challenge ourselves through mistakes and success.
Our desire is to be like Jesus – to obey His commands to love God and love our neighbors. To be filled with the Spirit and display the fruit of joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control and most of all, love.
In a world filled with pain, painful choices, and the pain we may endure or cause, regardless, we are committed to unconditional love and acceptance. We are committed to a bold love that can say “no”, that challenges, rebukes, corrects, forgives and restores.
We pray that our home is filled with much joy and laughter! Life is hard – why make it more difficult by being unkind? Slow to speak, slow to anger – a gentle answer turns away wrath. Peace.
There you have it. These values keep us on the path to what I believe will continue to be a very fulfilling and rewarding future. Which trail will you choose?