Life demands that we be patient. We live in an imperfect world inhabited by imperfect people. Sometimes we inherit troubles from others, and sometimes we create troubles for ourselves. In either case, what’s required is patience.
Lamentations 3:25-26 reminds us that “The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.”
It used to be that honesty was the hallmark of an individual with good character, however that was passed by for an “it’s all right as long as I don’t get caught” philosophy. Now, many people no longer even care what the truth is. The overwhelming majority eagerly overlook the truth to see “what’s in it for me” and, like Easu foolishly handed over his birthright, they hand over their power.
Friends, if we are going to put forth a more accurate truth, then we must set the example in our own lives, starting today. We must be deliberate, introspective, and committed to taking personal ownership of our lives and the future of our children. Our actions, responses and relationships must consistently be filled with God’s truth, honor, compassion and love.
True greatness is not measured by the headlines a person commands or the wealth they accumulate. It’s found in the inner character of a person, in the moral and spiritual values and transformation. If you want to be a person growing towards Christlike Character, then here are three things you must do:
- Make Honesty A Way of Life – When you are honest it shows that you deeply care about trust and cherish your relationships. Honest people work hard and respect themselves enough to accept the consequences of their actions . Honest people also tell people the intent behind their decision so that their rationale is understood. They are invested in relationships, connecting, understanding and being understood. People who live an honest life don’t fear embarrassment if their words or actions are publicly disclosed because they are driven to do right by God and to honor and please Him.
- Be Humble – Humble people shift their focus from taking to giving, from talking about themselves to listening to others, from hoarding the credit to deflecting the praise, and from being a “know-it-all” to knowing there’s so much more in life worth learning. There’s no ego, no pretense, and certainly no gamesmanship. Humble people are authentic. Humility is a sign of strength, not weakness. As John Wooden said, “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” Get off your high horse. Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
- Be Reliable – Follow through on every commitment you make. When you give your word that you are going to do something, you are putting your name, your “brand”, your “reputation” on the line. Show up a few minutes early and always over deliver. Do more than is asked of you. Give out of an abundant heart of gratitude. When you show that you are consistent, reliable, and a person of your word, people will give you their trust.
I pray that as you read God’s word, the Holy Spirit will guide you and transform your inner man. May you have the courage to stand for God’s truth and make good choices because your life will be the sum of those decisions.
Christy Demetriades, Ph.D.