Pop Quiz: Question What is an ideal? A.Value B.Belief C.Goal
Pop Quiz: Answer All three answers are correct!!
What is an ideal? An ideal is a value, belief, or goal that dictates the guidelines or rules we set for ourselves An ideal determines how we act in life and what decisions we make in life
Batmans Ideals RULE: Dont kill Values Life, Justice Beliefs Human life must be preserved Justice comes from redemption Goal Save Gotham from evil and corruption IDEALS
More Realistic Example RULE: Never be late for class Values Respect, Education Beliefs My teachers deserved respect My classmates deserved respect Education leads to fulfilling life Goal Learn as much as possible
Pop Quiz #2 RULE: Attend CMPC Prayer Meetings (PMs) twice a month Values Faith, truth, community Beliefs PMs can enrich faith Truth worth pursuing Community can help us grow Goals Become better people/Christians Help people, especially troubled ones Strengthen love for each other and for God
Why have ideals? Ideals give substance to the rules we choose to follow With ideals, we follow rules because we believe in them The simpleton believes all hes told, the prudent man watches his step. - Proverbs 14:15
Following Rules Without Ideals RULE : Jump up and down in my seat for one hour while shouting Bazinga! during mass Doesnt make sense to follow this! Always follow rules based on an ideal
Importance of Ideals Help us discover our true purpose in life, and therefore, help us motivate the decisions we make Help us become more decisive (we will base all our actions on our ideals)
Short-Term Ideals Ideals stemming from short-term goals Examples o Graduate from university o Get good grades o Finish a book o Win a contest
Long-Term Ideals Ideals stemming from long-term goals Take continuous time and effort Affect us in our entire lives Examples o To become successful o To grow in deeper relationship with friends, family, and God o To achieve eternal life
Short-Term Supported by Long-Term Ideals Short-term ideals still important! However, short-term ideals must be supported by long-term ideals Otherwise, no greater purpose involved
Short-Term Supported by Long-Term: Example SHORT TERM IDEAL : Get high grades in all my classes Rules : Go to bed at 9:30 PM every weekday, Finish all assignments before the weekend Outcome : Success! (97% average in Grade 12) AWESOME!! I can retire now!
Not So Fast!! My dream university since Grade 11: MIT I was extremely sure that Ill get accepted because of my grades Letter finally arrived from MIT
Moment of Truth We are sad to announce that your application to MIT has been rejected by the application committee.
Kuya Jerols Disappointment Got rejected by MIT despite good grades! Does this mean all the rules I followed in high school were useless? NO! I wanted to fulfill the short-term ideal of getting good grades, but…. …I also wanted to fulfill some long-term ideals o Learn new things o Live happy life with family and friends o Be successful
Moral of the Story Support short-term ideals with long-term ideals
Christian Ideals What ideals motivate us to follow the rules of God (i.e., the teachings of Christ)?
Faith Ideal of faith allows us to believe through God- given reason Our belief and trust in God motivate us to follow the teachings of Christ !
Hope Ideal of hope allows us to long and desire eternal life with God This goal of eternal life motivates us to follow the teachings of Christ !
Love Ideal of love allows us to put the teachings of Christ into practice through love of God and neighbour The value that we place on our friends, family, and God motivates us to follow the teachings of Christ, who is Love!
Wordly Ideals Christian ideals demand more sacrifice than worldly ideals Christian ideals point toeternal happiness, unlike worldly ideals which point only towards temporary happiness
Recap Ideal – value, belief, and/or goal that affect how we act in life Ideals help us motivate decisions, and help us be more decisive Short-term ideals must be supported by long-term ideals Three main Christian ideals that motivate us to follow Christs teachings: faith, hope, and love
Questions for Discussion How do you think Christian ideals differ from the ideals of the world? Share any experiences you have that highlight this difference. What are your long-term goals as a Christian? What short-term ideals do you have that could help you achieve these goals? What is the most challenging decision youve ever had to make in life? What ideals (values, beliefs, goals) pushed you to make that decision?