From Wikipedia: Balm of Gilead was a rare perfume used medicinally, that was mentioned in the Bible, and named for the region of Gilead where it was produced. The expression stems from William Tyndale’s language in the King James Bible of 1611, and has come to signify a universal cure in figurative speech.
This past week I had the opportunity to share the 3Gaps message with a wonderful group of people in Phoenix, Arizona. As I was preparing to leave one the gentlemen in the group came up to me and said, “I have not spoken to my son in years. After hearing about the “I Beam” and the concept of Governing Values I texted him and told him that I loved him. He just called me back and we talked for the first time in a very long time.”
As Hyrum’s always taught us, our Governing Values are our highest priorities – relationships, concepts, aspirations and character traits for which we’d take great risk. They are things that, if the I Beam we talk about in the book, were suspended across the North Rim of the Grand Canyon we’d gladly cross.
People’s values are as different as the people who have them. What is of highest importance – worth any risk to one is not always the same for another. But, relationships are very often, if not always, common to almost all people’s lists.
When we sit down, go through the “I Beam” exercise and write a personal constitution capturing our highest priorities in life, including our key relationships, we have a personal form of the Balm of Gilead – a “universal cure” for much of life’s ills, challenges and disappointments.
In one simple speech I saw it at work this week – the Balm of Gilead, in the form of a re-awakening to “what matters most” between a father and a son.