I'm calling it GCC. This stands for Godliness, Character, and Contentment.
Mr. Curly and I feel that all we do, all decisions, should be ran through these three things.
Matthew 22:37: Jesus replied “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”A person should have a personal relationship with God, spending time each day, memorizing His word, talking with Him and taking time to listen. This will lead directly into:
Romans 5:3-5 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Matthew 22:39: And the second is this, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
A person of character respects others, and is worthy of respect in return. They are loving, compassionate, honorable, humble and trustworthy. They strive to live as Jesus did each and every day. This leads to:
1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Philippians 4:12 I know what it is to be in need, and what it is to have plenty. I have learned to be content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
We realize that all our possessions (even our food) is a blessing from God, therefore, as a person of character, we are content with what we have. We are good stewards of these possessions, taking care to keep things clean and in good working order, sharing what we have been blessed with, because we know it all comes from a personal and loving God. This realization should lead us back into the Godliness part of our philosophy, as we spend time thanking God for what He provides.
It is a cycle really. I see the reduce, reuse, recycle image in my head, only with the words Godliness, Character and Contentment written in it.
Keep a watch out for more GCC posts to come!