Have you ever felt that way? Like you had that still small voice telling you to take a step back? When that happens it is important to heed that feeling and process everything. You will typically come out on the other side feeling refreshed and have clear direction. We learn so much through these times.
I spoke at Oasis Church yesterday and talked about what it really means to be a good neighbor. I have posted about that before here on my site. I went into much more detail and you can watch the video on the Speaking page or listen to the audio here.
“Our word speaks to our character. If we say we will do something and don’t follow through we have not only lied we have been deceitful.”
In preparing for the message I found myself referring to character quite a bit. Character is so important! I tend to believe that character has become less important in our culture today. You might be asking yourself why I feel this way. Well, stop and think about it for a few minutes. If character speaks to our reputation or moral and ethical quality then why do so many of us act contrary to what we believe and think is right and why are we okay with it? Good question.
I can think of a few big reasons why we do this. Pride and greed are the first two things that come to mind. We want to make ourselves feel better and look good in the eyes of others. We want to get ahead in life and so we say and do things that will help us on that road. We want people to think we have our act together.
Instead of focusing on the negative about our culture today let me offer something we can do to make our lives more fulfilling. Here is one simple thing we can do to build good character.
Do what you say you are going to do.
There it is. If you tell someone you are going to do something…DO IT! Is that so hard? Tweet This And when we continue to do this now we have become someone that can’t be believed or trusted. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be perceived as a deceitful person. My word means a lot to me. It speaks to my character and confirms what I say I stand for. This is hard for the people pleasers out there. People pleasers over commit to things. So, if you tell someone you will do something, no matter how small, make sure you can live up to your word.
It is gut-check time. Are you one of these people? If so, do you like it when people do this to you? It’s time to check your character. Character flaws are not a mental issue they are an issue of the heart.
The bible has so much guidance for all of mankind with regard to good character. I don’t care if you call yourself a Christian or not, believe in God or not I believe that most would agree that the bible teaches us good values. Would you agree? Even though the bible was written more than 2,000 years ago the teachings within in it are still relevant today.
Character counts. Are you a person of character?