Your Worldview: Why it Matters.

by Larry D. Asher, Jr., Executive Director, Asher Family Foundation

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A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45

Recently I was talking with a friend of mine and made the comment, “Some people will look at a glass and say, ‘it’s half full’, others might say ‘it’s half empty”. But you, you look at a glass and ask, ‘what the heck are they drinking?’”

My friend has a unique gift of observation and awareness of human behaviors. Many of the things he has shared go unnoticed by others. He travels to various parts of the country and the globe on a regular basis and is not shy about reporting on what he finds. He has shared stories of people’s compassion, their inspiration, selfish ambitions, misguided protests and many other behaviors. At times, I have wondered what life would be like seeing it through his eyes.

Our worldview consists of a set of assumptions, ideas and values which help us to understand the world around us: Our worldview shapes our attitudes, our beliefs and most often determines our actions. “Typically, this includes one’s view of issues such as the nature of God, man, the meaning of life, nature, death, and right and wrong.” (Tracy F. Munsil, What's Your Worldview)

Those encounters and observations so well-articulated by my friend are essentially a contrast of his worldview and that of others. What does your worldview say about you?

Each of us, whether we are aware of it or not, has a worldview. Our worldviews can be developed passively, without effort or intent or they can be developed purposefully, knowing why and what we believe in.

One thing we can be sure of in this life is that we will be pressed; we will be challenged. If we do not understand what we believe, or why we believe, our struggles will be even greater and very well could end in failure. These challenges could be in the form of personal challenges, career goals, and among others, relationships. The greater the goal, or the more intimate the relationship, the greater the challenges will be.

Purposefully developing your worldview will undoubtedly strengthen your character and your resolve to succeed. Purposefully developing a Christian, Christ-centered, worldview will help you to not only strengthen your character and resolve, it will enable you to remain strong in your faith – regardless of the challenges you face.

While the development of our worldview is a process of maturity occurring over a period of time, or more specifically our lifetime, purposefully developing a Christ-centered worldview starts with, and is rooted in, a commitment to Christ.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

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