7 Reasons Why You Should Have Strong Convictions And Live By Them

Do you want to live with purpose? Do you want to be more intentional in every area of your life? Do you want to have a rock solid foundation in your life?

I think the answer to all of those questions and more is summed up by finding and living out our most deeply held convictions. A conviction is simply our deeply held beliefs about life, people, God, whatever. It’s the feeling of being sure that what you believe or say is true.

Convictions are important because they make us who we are. And believe it or not, you already have a set of convictions buried deep down in your heart. You’ve been forming them and growing them since you were a child. The way to make your life have wholeness is to live by what you believe.

Now…that being said…let’s jump right into what I believe are seven of the most important reasons you should have strong convictions and live by them:

  1. Strong convictions give you a compass to lead your life with – Since your convictions are what you believe to be true about the world, they automatically become something that guides your decisions and behavior.
  2. Strong convictions provide a context to make your decisions from – They are the bedrock that you base your decisions on. Convictions answer the question of “why” you made a certain decision. Ultimately you believe in your choices deeply or you wouldn’t make them.
  3. Strong convictions make you brave – They are the basis of your core values. You believe in your convictions to the core and that belief will translate to bravery under the right circumstances.
  4. Strong convictions set you apart from the crowd – The reason people follow one leader over another is because they identify with what that leader believes and stands for. Don’t be afraid to be set apart because of your deeply held convictions. It’s those very convictions that God will use to build your platform of leadership. And remember, everyone leads someone.
  5. Strong convictions clarify your message – Every communication that you make is somehow tied to your deeply held beliefs. Don’t shy away from that. Pepper your communication with your convictions. People should know where you stand on the big things of life. Don’t be rude about it; but let your convictions clarify the message of your life.
  6. Strong convictions provide purpose in your life – Everybody needs a purpose. Convictions provide a context for purpose and passion. You simply have a desire to live out what you believe. There’s nothing wrong with that. Your convictions should support your purpose and passion.
  7. Strong convictions produce action – nearly every game changing idea started with a deeply held belief or conviction that something needed to change and that belief became the fuel for action. We always act on what we believe to be true.

One final thought…

As you come to understand the importance of living out your convictions…make sure that they are based on the right things! Real convictions that produce lasting results in your life only come from living and leading through the lens of God’s purpose and plan for your life.

Question: What is a deeply held conviction that you try to live out personally?

Please share your answer in the comments box below.

Larry Shankle is a pastor, author, and blogger. He helps people get clarity and direction in their calling, purpose, dreams, and leadership.

Larry and his wife (Amanda) live in the Arkansas river valley with their two boys (Braxton and Dawson). He has spent almost two decades in active local church ministry serving in multiple leadership roles. Larry has spent the last six and a half years serving as Lead Pastor of GrandviewChurch in Natural Dam, AR.

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