So, what exactly are values?
In my opinion they are the guiding forces behind our decisions and actions. For example, if I value my family I will go to any length to provide security and safety for my family even at my own hurt unless I have another value that says I am more important than any single member of my family.
Conflicting values and especially values based on self will ( such as the second value in the example) cause us to act and behave contrary to ( on occasions) our primary value and can cause confusion to those around us and possibly even ourselves if we are not aware of our values and their relevant hierarchy. I believe that any time I ask myself ,"how come I did that?", I had one or more values in conflict. An inventory of my values is a useful tool in discovering why my actions sometimes don't agree with my thoughts and beliefs.
I am also learning that failure to respect others values can cause conflict in my relationships and especially with my wife and children.
Of course, as a parent it is my responsibility to teach my children socially acceptable values such as don't steal, don't lie, don't cheat, don't hurt others,.... HMMM sounds like the Ten Commandments.
As Christians, I think that at the top of our list of values and the value that should be the guiding light for all other values is this:
Mat_6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
So what do you think?