A worldview can be simply described as the way we understand the world in which we live. Each of us has a worldview. Some of us have given careful thought about our worldview while others have formed a worldview through our life’s experiences without really thinking too much about it. Some of us have changed our worldview over time, and we now look at the world differently than we did previously. Certainly, our worldviews change as we go through various transition times in our lives.
The worldview of a small child is much different than that of a mature adult, or at least we hope it is. Our worldview can change with marriage or the birth of our children or a religious conversion.
My worldview is shaped by being a conservative, evangelical Christian. I hold to certain core values of my faith that influences how I understand the world in which I live. Perhaps your worldview draws from a belief that there is no God, and that will give you a much different perspective on the world.
Today’s post isn’t designed to determine which worldview, of which there are many, is the right one, but how our worldviews influence the choices we make. Virtually every choice we make will be determined by our worldview. For instance, in business we make certain ethical choices about how we will conduct business based on our worldview. We will determine who we marry, the type of career we will pursue, our financial goals, and many other choices by the worldview we hold at the time. These are important choices that not only have a life-long impact on our lives but also affect the lives of other people.
This is why it is so important that we spend time thinking about our worldview. How do you see the world around you? Who has the ultimate authority over your life? What is your basis for knowing truth, and how does the truth you hold to impact your life? Are you happy with the person you see every morning in the mirror? Is your worldview producing the kind of life you always hoped to live?
These are not merely philosophical questions. They go the very core of who we are as human beings, and their answers will shape our lives for years to come.
I have been emphasizing that we are free to make the choices we want to make, but we need to realize that behind those choices lie our worldview. Perhaps it would be more honest to say that we are free to develop the worldview we prefer knowing that it will then determine many of the choices we will later make.