Our commitment is to honor God in all we do with each other and with our clients and vendors. To honor means to respect and reverence, but it also means to be a credit to the one we honor. Just as we desire as children to bring honor and pride to our parents, as adults and business owners, we desire for our work and our relationships to reflect honor and credit to the God we love.
“…We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every good kind of fruit. All the while you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” Colossians 1:9b-10
Be Clear and Honest
When we communicate with each other, with vendors, and with clients and colleagues, our intent is to be clear in what we say; to be straightforward and honest. We recognize that we are imperfect people and we will sometimes make mistakes or miss deadlines. We will always take responsibility for our shortcomings, oversights and mistakes. We will provide explanations when appropriate, but we will not make excuses, withhold information in order to hide our shortcomings, or blame others in order to avoid responsibility.
“Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich.” Proverbs 28:6
Be Respectful and Caring
Every person we work with shares a common need to be respected and cared for. When we speak to our clients on the phone or in person, or to managed care professionals, or anyone else, we will consciously seek out ways to express our appreciation for their work and their unique contribution to the work we are doing together. In addition to recognizing their work, we will honor everyone we interact with by caring about them as individuals. When they are sick or experiencing difficulties at work or home, we will care about their personal feelings, and we will find ways to tangibly express our concern for their well-being.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things! Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” Galatians 5:22-23 and 6:2-3
We believe that generosity is an expression of our trust that God will always meet our needs. We do not live in fear of not having enough, but live with faith that God owns everything and there is no limit to His ability to provide for all of our needs and beyond. We believe that generosity is about more than money. It is about a generosity of heart and spirit and resources that flows out of the unlimited abundance of God’s love for us.
“He who is generous will be blessed.” Proverbs 22:9
The 5th value speaks to how we handle the moments when work is difficult, mistakes are made, tempers are short, and we disagree. We will disagree, and perhaps even argue. We will have bad days and days when we are angry. In good times and in bad, we can rely on this core value to hold us together in peace. Kindness is vital to our success. It brings full circle the idea of honoring God in all we do, because God is love and is always kind. He is compassionate and always tender. If we are to honor Him, we have to always be kind to one another, and kind to those we work with.
“And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ Jesus also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32