What is character? From an early age, you are told to have good ‘character’ and to be a person of ‘character.’ People often think that your character is what others think about you; however, that is not true. Your reputation is what others think about you. Your character is who you really are when nobody is around. The dictionary defines character as: having moral or ethical qualities; having the qualities of honesty, courage, and integrity. The truth is that so many of us spend more time focusing on our reputation than we do thinking about our character.
Helen Keller once said, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” Helen Keller, (1880-1968)
If given the chance, most of us would forgo all problems and instead choose a life of ease without any difficulties to overcome, but in doing so, we would rob ourselves of great opportunities to build our character.
The Apostle Paul wrote these words: That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).
So the next time you find yourself suffering through insults, hardships and difficulties don’t see those as attacks on your character, see them as opportunities to develop your character. In other words, when someone insults you, show him or her grace. When you suffer through hardships, demonstrate endurance. When you go through difficulties, develop the habits of success.
So think about your character today in everything you do and say.
And as you go about your way, remember your reputation is on display
What is on the inside defines who you are.
So have high standards today – and you will go FAR.
Take care and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton
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