7 Values to Live By With Dr. Pablo R. Diaz

7 Values to Live By With Dr. Pablo R. Diaz

Our values are played out by the actions we take.

Rev. Dr. Pablo R. Diaz, Vice President of Ministries for
Guideposts talks with Charisma Connection host Taylor Berglund to discuss the importance of values. Learn why values are critical to individuals. The moral, ethical standards are revealed through our actions. Listen to hear more about Guideposts's new booklet "7 Values to Live By."

17 Minutes • 2 months ago

Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

Guest: Dr. Pablo Diaz

 

Our values are played out by the actions we take.

Rev. Dr. Pablo R. Diaz, vice president of Guideposts ministries talks with Charisma Connection host Taylor Berglund to discuss the importance of values. Learn why values are critical to individuals. The moral, ethical standards revealed through our actions.

Listen to hear more about Guideposts's new booklet, Seven Values to Live By.

Introduction

Taylor Berglund: Today I'm excited to welcome over the phone lines Rev. Dr. Pablo Diaz. Pablo, how are you doing today? For those who may not be familiar with you, you’re the vice president of Ministries for Guideposts. And the ministry has, I think, a really important booklet that's come out that we want to talk about today. Can you tell me a little bit about Seven Values to Live By?

 

Rev. Pablo Diaz: Yeah, we're excited to launch this booklet, Seven Values to Live By, by the late Norman Vincent Peale, the founder of Guideposts. His booklet is about values for successful and faithful living. There are seven values that the book emphasizes: Integrity, courage, enthusiasm, happiness, faith, hope and love. What's exciting is that each chapter on the values is a list of actions; tips to help the reader follow and implement what they've read and learned. So, we're excited. And we're delighted to be able to make this available and talk about this important booklet to your audience and to others that will be listening as well.

 

Norman Vincent Peale Quotes

·         “Putting faith into action, big things happen.”

·         “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

·         “What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.”

·         “Do you best and leave the results to God.”

·         “Always start the day with prayer. It is the greatest of all mind conditioners.”

 

 

Taylor Berglund: I'm curious. Why did you decide that a booklet about values was so important for this day and age?

 

Rev. Pablo Diaz: Values are essential to organizations, but they're critical to individuals whether we know it or not. We all have values and values are played out by the kind of behavior that we conduct ourselves by. It's really values are our moral, ethical standards. They reflect the principles that we hold dear to us by the actions we take. I think in today's world where are there so many challenges and oppositions and temptations and struggles, particularly for people of faith it is important to be reminded that we need values. We ought to reflect upon the values that we have and make sure that they align with our faith and with the biblical principles that we believe strongly. Values help us to determine the actions we take in the way we treat others, the way we pursue our success in life and our purpose and goals. But unless we really can name them and be able to put the frame around them so we can then implement them, then we're kind of taking action without really understanding what's influencing our actions.

 

Taylor Berglund: As followers of Jesus, it's almost impossible to discuss values without talking about how our Christian life plays into that. Can you talk about how those two things intersected for you with this book?

Rev. Pablo Diaz: I think it's impossible as Christians and people that hold dearly and closely to Scripture and to the gospel lessons and life of Jesus Christ, not to be influenced by His teachings and His presence not to shape the values that we have. I think that as people of faith, we need to revisit what is it that we believe and how we live it out in light of Scripture and light of the faith that we proclaim as children of God.

 

Taylor Berglund: So when it comes to living that out, I wonder … You mentioned the seven values earlier. Let me see if I can remember them correctly here its integrity, courage, enthusiasm, hope, faith, love and happiness. Of those, what is the most important value to you? And how do you live that out?

 

Rev. Pablo Diaz: For me, the most important value is love. Early on I learned from my family and through my church to love God, love others. Love is the greatest value we have. I'm often reminded of the apostle Paul's scripture in Corinthians where he said there's faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Jesus taught us to love. He taught us to love others, ourselves and God. He taught us as well to love one another. Jesus taught us to love; to love God, to love our neighbors and to love our enemies and love ourselves. I think this is essential to once we get the power of love in us and understand how it changes us, how it changes others, that I think influences all the other values that we have. Even in the in the book we it's noted that love is the greatest values of all. And then we are to concentrate on it and try to live it out. And for me, that is the most important value. When Jesus challenges us to love our enemies, that is quite a tall order. It's easy to love those that are good to us and love us, that care; that look like us and sound like us. But we're called to love those that don't necessarily like us or care for us or have different opinions of us. Because if we are able to love them, the love of God in us can conquer them and transform them and change them. Our love for them will speak louder than anything we will say and do. That's why love is the greatest gift. I find that, for me, the way I live out that love is through compassion, through the act of forgiveness, being generous and helping those in need to my actions through my words and deeds. It’s really about loving those that don't align themselves with my own faith or perspective of my faith, but understanding that that love can change us all. This is the greatest gift of all. … But once you cross to the eternity, love is the thing that continues because God is love.

 

Taylor Berglund: Really well said points there. I think that that's so important for today's day and age. I feel like when I look at when I look at the news, when I look at my social media feed, when I look at any of that, I feel like I see so much lack of love from people in all different corners of life. I think of that radical enemy love that Christ taught us and that you were just bringing up there, is so important. But that's often very hard for us to live out when we're in the thick of the moment. Do you have anything that really helps you to remember when it's hard to live out your values and why it's important to?

 

Rev. Pablo Diaz: I try to remember that God's love for me is constant and consistent, never changing. When I try to live out love, I try to think about if God can love me with all my mistakes and sins and faults and errors and never takes His eyes off of me, then that pushes me to be mindful of my call to love. When it looks to the other values of courage and integrity, integrity is a very interesting value because in today's world integrity is challenged on a consistent basis. We've been called to compromise our value system, compromise our character, compromise our ethics, compromise the way we live within the workplace, outside of the workplace, sometimes even within our own communities or within our family. It can happen within our community of faith. But what keeps me going is that at the end of the day, I'm accountable to God. I also have to live with myself. If I look at myself in the mirror, I gotta ask myself, am I living the life that God has called me to live? It's not easy, it’s challenging, but that's where grace comes in. God's grace and mercy come in to help us when we come short, when we miss the target, to be able to lift ourselves up to His grace and begin again. The beauty about this is that we have an opportunity every single day to try it again, over and over. As a matter of fact, we have an opportunity every hour, every half hour, every day, mid-afternoon. If you've come short on some things you can come back and try to live out your values.

 

For the rest of Rev. Pablo Diaz’s interview, visit cpnshows.com.

 

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Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

Guest: Dr. Pablo Diaz

 

Our values are played out by the actions we take.

Rev. Dr. Pablo R. Diaz, vice president of Guideposts ministries talks with Charisma Connection host Taylor Berglund to discuss the importance of values. Learn why values are critical to individuals. The moral, ethical standards revealed through our actions.

Listen to hear more about Guideposts's new booklet, Seven Values to Live By.

Introduction

Taylor Berglund: Today I'm excited to welcome over the phone lines Rev. Dr. Pablo Diaz. Pablo, how are you doing today? For those who may not be familiar with you, you’re the vice president of Ministries for Guideposts. And the ministry has, I think, a really important booklet that's come out that we want to talk about today. Can you tell me a little bit about Seven Values to Live By?

 

Rev. Pablo Diaz: Yeah, we're excited to launch this booklet, Seven Values to Live By, by the late Norman Vincent Peale, the founder of Guideposts. His booklet is about values for successful and faithful living. There are seven values that the book emphasizes: Integrity, courage, enthusiasm, happiness, faith, hope and love. What's exciting is that each chapter on the values is a list of actions; tips to help the reader follow and implement what they've read and learned. So, we're excited. And we're delighted to be able to make this available and talk about this important booklet to your audience and to others that will be listening as well.

 

Norman Vincent Peale Quotes

·         “Putting faith into action, big things happen.”

·         “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

·         “What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.”

·         “Do you best and leave the results to God.”

·         “Always start the day with prayer. It is the greatest of all mind conditioners.”

 

 

Taylor Berglund: I'm curious. Why did you decide that a booklet about values was so important for this day and age?

 

Rev. Pablo Diaz: Values are essential to organizations, but they're critical to individuals whether we know it or not. We all have values and values are played out by the kind of behavior that we conduct ourselves by. It's really values are our moral, ethical standards. They reflect the principles that we hold dear to us by the actions we take. I think in today's world where are there so many challenges and oppositions and temptations and struggles, particularly for people of faith it is important to be reminded that we need values. We ought to reflect upon the values that we have and make sure that they align with our faith and with the biblical principles that we believe strongly. Values help us to determine the actions we take in the way we treat others, the way we pursue our success in life and our purpose and goals. But unless we really can name them and be able to put the frame around them so we can then implement them, then we're kind of taking action without really understanding what's influencing our actions.

 

Taylor Berglund: As followers of Jesus, it's almost impossible to discuss values without talking about how our Christian life plays into that. Can you talk about how those two things intersected for you with this book?

Rev. Pablo Diaz: I think it's impossible as Christians and people that hold dearly and closely to Scripture and to the gospel lessons and life of Jesus Christ, not to be influenced by His teachings and His presence not to shape the values that we have. I think that as people of faith, we need to revisit what is it that we believe and how we live it out in light of Scripture and light of the faith that we proclaim as children of God.

 

Taylor Berglund: So when it comes to living that out, I wonder … You mentioned the seven values earlier. Let me see if I can remember them correctly here its integrity, courage, enthusiasm, hope, faith, love and happiness. Of those, what is the most important value to you? And how do you live that out?

 

Rev. Pablo Diaz: For me, the most important value is love. Early on I learned from my family and through my church to love God, love others. Love is the greatest value we have. I'm often reminded of the apostle Paul's scripture in Corinthians where he said there's faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Jesus taught us to love. He taught us to love others, ourselves and God. He taught us as well to love one another. Jesus taught us to love; to love God, to love our neighbors and to love our enemies and love ourselves. I think this is essential to once we get the power of love in us and understand how it changes us, how it changes others, that I think influences all the other values that we have. Even in the in the book we it's noted that love is the greatest values of all. And then we are to concentrate on it and try to live it out. And for me, that is the most important value. When Jesus challenges us to love our enemies, that is quite a tall order. It's easy to love those that are good to us and love us, that care; that look like us and sound like us. But we're called to love those that don't necessarily like us or care for us or have different opinions of us. Because if we are able to love them, the love of God in us can conquer them and transform them and change them. Our love for them will speak louder than anything we will say and do. That's why love is the greatest gift. I find that, for me, the way I live out that love is through compassion, through the act of forgiveness, being generous and helping those in need to my actions through my words and deeds. It’s really about loving those that don't align themselves with my own faith or perspective of my faith, but understanding that that love can change us all. This is the greatest gift of all. … But once you cross to the eternity, love is the thing that continues because God is love.

 

Taylor Berglund: Really well said points there. I think that that's so important for today's day and age. I feel like when I look at when I look at the news, when I look at my social media feed, when I look at any of that, I feel like I see so much lack of love from people in all different corners of life. I think of that radical enemy love that Christ taught us and that you were just bringing up there, is so important. But that's often very hard for us to live out when we're in the thick of the moment. Do you have anything that really helps you to remember when it's hard to live out your values and why it's important to?

 

Rev. Pablo Diaz: I try to remember that God's love for me is constant and consistent, never changing. When I try to live out love, I try to think about if God can love me with all my mistakes and sins and faults and errors and never takes His eyes off of me, then that pushes me to be mindful of my call to love. When it looks to the other values of courage and integrity, integrity is a very interesting value because in today's world integrity is challenged on a consistent basis. We've been called to compromise our value system, compromise our character, compromise our ethics, compromise the way we live within the workplace, outside of the workplace, sometimes even within our own communities or within our family. It can happen within our community of faith. But what keeps me going is that at the end of the day, I'm accountable to God. I also have to live with myself. If I look at myself in the mirror, I gotta ask myself, am I living the life that God has called me to live? It's not easy, it’s challenging, but that's where grace comes in. God's grace and mercy come in to help us when we come short, when we miss the target, to be able to lift ourselves up to His grace and begin again. The beauty about this is that we have an opportunity every single day to try it again, over and over. As a matter of fact, we have an opportunity every hour, every half hour, every day, mid-afternoon. If you've come short on some things you can come back and try to live out your values.

 

For the rest of Rev. Pablo Diaz’s interview, visit cpnshows.com.

 

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