5 Prize: Bragging Rights for Life Pop QuizPrize: Bragging Rights for Life
6 Pop Quiz: QuestionWhat is an ideal?ValueBeliefGoal
7 All three answers are correct!! Pop Quiz: AnswerAll three answers are correct!!
8 What is an ideal?An ideal is a value, belief, or goal that dictates the guidelines or rules we set for ourselvesAn ideal determines how we act in life and what decisions we make in life
9 Batman’s Ideals IDEALS RULE: Don’t kill Values Life, Justice Beliefs Human life must be preservedJustice comes from redemptionIDEALSGoalSave Gotham from evil and corruption
10 More Realistic Example RULE: Never be late for classValuesRespect, EducationBeliefsMy teachers deserved respectMy classmates deserved respectEducation leads to fulfilling lifeGoalLearn as much as possible
11 Pop Quiz #2 RULE: Attend CMPC Prayer Meetings (PMs) twice a month ValuesFaith, truth, communityBeliefsPMs can enrich faithTruth worth pursuingCommunity can help us growGoalsBecome better people/ChristiansHelp people, especially troubled onesStrengthen love for each other and for God
12 Why have ideals?Ideals give substance to the rules we choose to followWith ideals, we follow rules because we believe in them“The simpleton believes all he’s told, the prudent man watches his step.”- Proverbs 14:15
13 Following Rules Without Ideals RULE: Jump up and down in my seat for one hour while shouting ‘Bazinga!’ during mass Doesn’t make sense to follow this! Always follow rules based on an ideal
14 Importance of IdealsHelp us discover our true purpose in life, and therefore, help us motivate the decisions we makeHelp us become more decisive (we will base all our actions on our ideals)
16 Short-Term Ideals Ideals stemming from short-term goals Examples Graduate from universityGet good gradesFinish a bookWin a contest
17 Long-Term Ideals Ideals stemming from long-term goals Take continuous time and effortAffect us in our entire livesExamplesTo become successfulTo grow in deeper relationship with friends, family, and GodTo achieve eternal life
18 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
19 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!
20 Not So Fast!!My dream university since Grade 11: MIT I was extremely sure that I’ll get accepted because of my grades Letter finally arrived from MIT
21 Moment of Truth“We are sad to announce that your application to MIT has been rejected by the application committee.”
22 Kuya Jerol’s 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 idealsLearn new thingsLive happy life with family and friendsBe successful
23 Support short-term ideals with long-term ideals Moral of the StorySupport short-term ideals with long-term ideals
24 Christian Ideals FAITH HOPE LOVE What ideals motivate us to follow the rules of God (i.e., the teachings of Christ)?FAITHHOPELOVE
25 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!
26 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!
27 LoveIdeal of love allows us to put the teachings of Christ into practice through love of God and neighbourThe value that we place on our friends, family, and God motivates us to follow the teachings of Christ, who is Love!
28 Wordly IdealsChristian ideals demand more sacrifice than worldly idealsChristian ideals point toeternal happiness, unlike worldly ideals which point only towards temporary happiness
29 RecapIdeal – value, belief, and/or goal that affect how we act in lifeIdeals help us motivate decisions, and help us be more decisiveShort-term ideals must be supported by long-term idealsThree main Christian ideals that motivate us to follow Christ’s teachings: faith, hope, and love
30 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 you’ve ever had to make in life? What ideals (values, beliefs, goals) pushed you to make that decision?