Friday, April 6, 2012

Character vs. Comfort

God is far more interested in our character than our comfort.

 "Our values determine our evaluations.
If we value comfort more than character, then trials will upset.
If we value the material & physical more than the spiritual, 
we will not be able to count it all joy!
If we live only for the present & forget about the future, 
the trials will make us bitter, not better."
~Warren W. Wiersbe

What does your character say about you?

When our sons were little, our sons loved a video of the Donut Man 
about 'Character Counts'.
It taught the 6 pillars of character ~ 
 simple truths should be followed by all of us, adults & children alike.
  • Trustworthiness
           Be honest & reliable.   Keep your word.  Be loyal.  Have courage & do the right thing.
           Be loyal ... to family, friends, country.
  • Respect
           Treat others with respect & always follow the Golden Rule/ Use good manners.
           Don't use bad language.  Be considerate of the feelings of others.
           Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.
  • Responsibility
         Be self-disciplined.   Do what you are supposed to do, always doing your best.
         Practice self-control!  Think before you act & consider the consequences. Plan ahead. 
         Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes.  Set a good example for others.
  • Fairness
          Treat all people fairly.  Play by the rules.  Take turns and share.  
          Be open-minded & listen to others.  Don’t take advantage of others.
          Don’t blame others carelessly.
  • Caring
           Be kind.  Be compassionate and show you care.  Express gratitude.
           Forgive others.  Help people in need.
  • Citizenship 
          Respect authority.  Obey laws and rules.  Be a good neighbor.  
          Do your share to make your community better.  Get involved in community affairs.
          Cooperate. Volunteer.

What are you doing to build your character? 
Are you actively modeling good character to your children?
Do you diligently teach how to incorporate good character into daily life? 
The effects will be dramatic & far reaching.

Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother
in the molding of character in her children. 
~Billy Graham
 “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”  
~John Wooden

Are you honest in your dealings ... even when no one is watching?
Remember, God always see ... God always knows. 
Are you teaching your children to follow this principle?

Character is always lost when a high ideal
is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
~Charles Spurgeon
Do you stand up for the right thing, even in the face of adversity?
Will you fight for your faith & freedom regardless of the risk?

Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do.
Good character will always have its reward.

"Character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success."
~John Hays Hammond

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