There are ten fundamental principles that apply to all of us as human beings. The primary foundation and basis of these principles, put very simply, is "value for value". In other words, everything has value and everything should have increase.
The Tapestry Vision shows networks of people faithfully pursuing their calling or vocation, while making Christian disciples in their particular sphere of influence. The result is the advancement of God’s Kingdom, which empowers and encourages individuals to build a community that works together for the good of the whole community. Not everyone will have an active role in ministry or “the work of the kingdom”. However, everyone will be empowered, encouraged, and supported by the success of the Tapestry Vision Network. This network is a “gateway” … and entering through it brings a deeper understanding of Kingdom Principles. The regular practice of these principles is how we live in peace and harmony — in community — with one another. They build character, integrity, and obedience in anyone who sincerely desires to be all that God has called them to be!
Have a Solid Personal Relationship
Without question, we all need Jesus! But we also need another individual in our lives who we trust; someone with whom we can share anything without fear of rejection or retaliation. They will always be our friend, we will always be theirs. It’s the basic premise of “family” — one person shares their life with another, the relationship grows, and their lives are shared as a family.
“And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone …'” — Genesis 2:18
Have an Ideal
An “ideal” is that which we aspire to attain, or more specifically, who we desire to become. The human intellect has an inherent desire to identify with something or someone. It may be a parent, a role model, even a group of people. As Christians, we aspire to be more like Jesus … and our goal in life is to discover why we are here and what our purpose is in this tapestry God is weaving.
“… forgetting those things which are behind … I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 3:13,14
Be Active in Community
“Community” is simply an extension of your personal relationships. It’s where we “rub shoulders” with others, where we find opportunity to share our ideals, and where we have commonality. Whether it is your geographic community, your work community, an educational or political community … each community is a “sphere of influence” that God can use to advance His kingdom.
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” — Ephesians 2:19
Find Value in Work
Regardless of your job or profession, the work you perform does more than put money in your pocket. It is how we create value and where we exchange one value for another. For example, we exchange the value of our time and effort on a job, for the value of a paycheck. However, the true value of work is a sense of self-worth, of contributing to the well-being of our family and friends, and to our community as a whole.
“… but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” — Ephesians 4:28
Have Integrity in Your Activity
For many people, “integrity” is a difficult concept to understand. By definition, it implies soundness, totality; unbroken completeness with nothing missing. It is the understanding that what we say and what we do are one in the same. And as such, it is a reflection of our own sense of value and self-worth. To put it in more familiar terms, integrity is the difference between “talking the walk” and “walking the talk”!
“But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” — Matthew 5:37
Being “honest” is far more than simply being truthful and not lying, although that is very important! Honesty stems from the principle of weights and measures. It is providing good value without compromising integrity, as opposed to providing an unbalanced exchange of value. While it’s true that everything should have increase, that increase should always be reasonable and beneficial for all! Being honest never impinges upon another person or takes advantage of their vulnerabilities.
“That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.” — 1 Thessalonians 4:12
Productivity is not how much you can accomplish in a given amount of time, but the overall value of what is produced in that time. It is the balance between the work itself and the value of that work. For example, if the cost of labor is more than the ability to increase, the overall value is adversely affected and there is no productivity. In the Kingdom, it isn’t how busy or active you are that determines productivity. It’s the value you place on kingdom activity that will determine productivity.
“… be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” — 1 Corinthians 15:58
Never Stop Learning
Life itself is learning process, one that begins with our first steps as infants and continues through the last breath we take. Without education and the ability to learn, we cannot make necessary adjustments in behavior to improve ourselves … and if we cannot improve or adjust, our value and self-worth will not increase. Each of us as individuals must learn how to learn, in order to have an increasing awareness of our value and worth to ourselves, our family, our community, and the Kingdom of God.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” — Proverbs 9:10
Teach What You Learn
It is part of our human nature to “make a mark” where we’ve been, to leave a legacy that reflects our life’s endeavors. When we share our experience with others, teaching them what we have learned, there is an opportunity for them to improve upon our knowledge and experience. They then have the opportunity to develop their own legacy of teaching others to learn and grow in knowledge and understanding. Some may call this the process of mentoring. In reality, it is the essence of discipleship.
“Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.” — Psalm 34:11
Humility is another concept that can be easily misunderstood. It has less to do with external actions and behaviors, than it does with internal attitudes and understanding. Humility brings a deeper understanding your abilities (and your limitations). In a nutshell, it is knowing who you are in Christ and standing firm in that knowledge — in truth, honesty, and integrity … without compromise!