What are core values that everyone should aspire to live out? To answer this question, I came up with what I call, “The three G’s.” The first “G” is for God. Faith in God is the most important. Because of His love we have eternal life in heaven and can show this love to others. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. God’s love can affect everything that a Christian does. This is the basis for all things and gives power and meaning to the next two “g’s.”
The second “g” is for a growth mindset. This is a belief that your basic qualities and abilities are things you can cultivate through effort. In other words, you can learn and improve through hard work and perseverance. God has given all of us wonderful bodies and minds that are capable of learning new things and improving. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14.
The final “g” is for grit. Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals. Hebrews 12:1-2a describes this perfectly. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. It is all about Jesus. God’s love can fuel our passion to assist others and help us stay committed to His Word for our lives. Christians know that the long-term goal is life everlasting in heaven. We want as many people as possible to persevere in the faith to join us in heaven. President Jimmy Carter summarizes this view well. “I have one life and one chance to make it count for something…My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.”
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Christian, author, and professor of mathematics education.