“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5) (NKJV)
Hallmark movies are so predictable. Individuals meet, become interested in each other, then someone with sinister motives tries to step in … misunderstanding occurs … followed by clarification and truth … and they live happily ever after. Maybe an over-simplification … but we get the idea.
It is in these characters and their lives we are able to observe some kind of change taking place as they encounter challenges and heartache and disappointment. Some of these changes are good, some are not so good and some are in no way good or right. But changes do happen in who or what they are.
So … who are we becoming with each new day and it challenges”
- Are we becoming stronger and better?
- Or are we becoming weaker in our choices, values and character?
Make no mistake about it, people are watching us whether it’s those we work with, live near, worship with, or live with. Our friends, our enemies, our spouses, our parents and our children … they all see glimpses into our character (who we really are) …And we must be honest with ourselves … are they seeing sterling qualities of genuine integrity or tarnished brass?
Ronald Reagan made an interesting observation when he said, “You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.” Give that some thought and then ask yourself how you eat jellybeans. Do you pick one, or just grab a handful?
What about your character? The legacy we should want to leave our children and grandchildren and to those who have known us is one of character. As was said of the teenager who died suddenly by her friends, “it was easier to be good around her.”
We all should desire to become more pro-active in allowing God who is the Potter to mold and shape us through His word and providential care to become the vessel of honor He so wants us to be.
When we allow character to become stronger reflected in our choices, words and deeds, those actions of love, good works, fidelity and compassion … then we will be carving our names on hearts that live rather than on marble that does not!
Become a better carver of character on those around you starting today. You will be glad that you did!
Bill Fairchild, Jr.
PS: How’s the daily Bible study/meditation and reading coming along?