Up and at ’em soldiers! The daily grind of life can be taxing on the mind and body. It’s important to take time to rest so you can be reinvigorated with energy and purpose. While you are resting in your humble abode, I’d like to provide you with some inspiration. Let me remind you who the illustrious group of people known as the Jericho Force are.
Who Is The Jericho Force
The Jericho Force is a dedicated, motivated group of soldiers (that’s you!) comprised of men and women ready to lead an assault on debt, get control of their money, and demonstrate good stewardship of the resources they’ve been given. I’m extremely honored to be walking side by side in the heat of life’s battles with each one of you. That deep sense of pride was borne out of developing a value system. All thriving and successful organizations have some sort of value system in place.
How The Jericho Force Operates
The Jericho Force operates based on a set of guiding core values. All speech, thoughts, and actions pass through the lens of SILK. No soldier, we’re not talking about clothing. SILK stands for Stewardship, Integrity, Leadership, and Kaizen. Similarly, just like the material silk, these principles are strong and shimmering. They provide us soldiers a firm foundation and a gleaming light to stay on the right path. These terms are used by many, but let’s explore what these mean to members of the Jericho Force.
Core Value #1: Stewardship
The S in SILK gives us the first core value of Stewardship. It’s a fancy ten-dollar word that has a very simple, yet powerful meaning. Essentially, stewardship means to manage. There are an infinite number of things that could be managed, but the Jericho Force prioritizes five areas a soldier must steward properly.
5 Areas A Soldier Needs to Steward
The first is money. A soldier needs to effectively give, save, and spend his or her money. Second is time. A soldier must decide between what’s important, urgent, not important, and not urgent (For more on time management and organization, read Essentialism by Greg McKeown). Third is talent. A soldier must use his or her gifts and talents to serve others. Fourth is health. A soldier must treat their body like a temple. Care for yourself spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Finally, and equally important, is relationships. A soldier must effectively nourish the people around them. This includes (but is not limited to) marriage, children, family, friends, and co-workers.
Core Value #2: Integrity
The I in SILK gives us the second core value of Integrity. A soldier embodies integrity by being a whole and undivided person. A whole soldier is one who knows their self-worth. An undivided soldier is unwavering in their personal convictions. A good soldier displays the ideal of integrity in 3 ways: Morality, Consistency, and Invisibility. Morality by striving to do the right thing. Consistency by striving to do the right thing all the time. Invisibility by striving to do the right thing when nobody is watching.
Core Value #3: Leadership
The L in SILK gives us the third core value of Leadership. Although this sounds cliché, the Jericho Force incorporates a specific type of leadership known as servant leadership. A good soldier demonstrates servant leadership by having a natural desire to serve, making the conscious choice to serve, and growing those they serve. A good soldier serves their family, friends, and community. A good soldier is others-centered rather than self-centered. Jesus Christ said it best as captured in the scripture Matthew 20:28 ESV, “…the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Core Value #4: Kaizen
The K in SILK brings us to the fourth and final core value of Kaizen. Kaizen is a Japanese term that means continuous improvement. A good soldier is constantly looking for a way to improve. A good soldier views failure as learning, not losing. A good soldier seeks excellence, not perfection. A good soldier is open to being taught, coached, and mentored.
Soldiers, in this time of rest and reflection, we’ve discussed the importance of the 4 core values of the Jericho Force. We are all to be good stewards over the life that has been given to us. In light of what you just learned, how do you plan to put these core values into practice? Oorah!