Chaplain Jimmy Hatter
Three Keys to Positivity
“Be still and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Clap your hands, all you peoples;
Shout to God with loud songs of joy.
Psalm 46:10 – 47:1
At Signature HealthCARE we promote the six sacred values of Integrity, Compassion, Positivity, Respect, Teamwork, and Patience. In today’s post-modern world it can be a challenge to maintain some of these values and perhaps Positivity is the most endangered value of the six. The above scripture provides some insight for establishing positivity in our lives- those keys are Identity, Purpose, and Mission.
The Psalms and much of scripture constantly remind us of our identity. Many people of faith are reminded of their identity as it connects to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In a culture of mobility and change, it may be easy to forget who we are at our core. Having a clear identity will help remind us of our purpose. The psalm reminds us that central to our purpose is glorifying God. Purpose empowers us to persevere in the midst of negativity we may encounter. Finally, we implement a plan for our purpose as we clarify our mission. For many of us our mission may be strongly connected to our faith and for some it may be family or vocation.
We’ve been studying the life of Joseph, who experienced dramatic changes in the first 30 years of his life. He was a shepherd, a slave, a prisoner, and a CEO for Pharaoh. In the midst of these changes Joseph maintained a clear sense of identity, purpose, and mission. Joseph’s positivity glorified God and brought life and hope to his fellow man. I challenge us all as stakeholders to reflect upon our Identity, Purpose, and Mission and to be a positive guide for our residents as they do the same.