What one demographic or culture finds appealing and praise-worthy, another finds repulsive. What one culture finds attractive and worth attaining, another finds very unattractive and not a priority.
You very easily begin to prioritise what the culture you are in prioritises.
I can first hand testify to this idea having moved from one country/cultural climate to another. Things that were a high-priority in my home country aren’t necessary on the radar for much of the culture here, and vice versa.
I’ve seen the same in sub-cultures too. What my church values and upholds, is very different to what my office at work upholds. Both have entirely different priorities.
Depending on who I imitate, will determine the culture I cultivate:
All this to say, whom are we allowing to set-up our internal culture? Who are we allowing in? Who are we imitating? We may not be able to control who we work with, but we can certainly control their influence in our lives and the culture which we give in to. When we become consciously aware of who is close to us, who the main-crowd is in our lives, and who we have made powerful, we can become more intentional about who we let shape us!
If you feel you are alone in your values, be sure to belong to a tribe where your personal quest isn’t just a lonely journey, find a tribe who can walk it out with you. Find friendship and community that reinforces your true identity! Not the cultural norm, but the cultural “right”!
A daily devotion for a better way of living.