Melvyn Tan
November 23, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

What Does It Mean To Be Principle-Centered?

[blockquote source=”1 Peter 2:7-8 (NIV)“]Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message–which is also what they were […]

[blockquote source=”1 Peter 2:7-8 (NIV)“]Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message–which is also what they were destined for.[/blockquote]

7 Habits
I’ve been a student of Stephen Covey for more than a decade. In fact, how I got to learn about his work was when I was involved in a UK company, where the principles that this company teaches are pretty much based on Covey’s 7 Habits.

Principle-centered
One of the underlying teachings of the 7 Habits was about “principles”. I’ve always remembered listening to Covey’s teach about why learning these principles are important. He explained that principles are essentially laws that apply to anyone anywhere; much like the law of gravity. Principles transcend culture and time. But the most critical aspect of any principle is the fact that you choose to ignore it, but you cannot ignore the consequences.

For instance, you may choose to think that the law of gravity doesn’t apply to you. But all you need to do to validate the law is simply to walk out of the window in a tall building. Very quickly you will know that ignoring the law of gravity doesn’t mean it will not apply to you. And even if you choose to ignore it, you cannot ignore the consequences.

This is significant impact on our own personal effectiveness. We have to identify these principles so that we do not foolishly think that we can get away with ignoring them, only to realise that the consequences apply to us nonetheless.

Application
Today’s verses serve as a critical reminder for us all. If we choose to disobey the message, then we will have to be prepared to face the consequences. The message goes beyond simply believing in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It also requires us to live like Jesus, to follow His commandment, to love one another. As well as to make disciples.

Question?
So, brothers and sisters, what have you done to do the above?

Prayer
Father, I pray that as I strive to learn Your Word, live like Jesus, and lead others through discipleship, may You give me the courage, strength, and wisdom to be able to do so daily. I pray in Jesus’s name, Amen.