05 October 2018
An Unfailing Process ~ Character
Character, defined as the mental and moral qualities of an Individual, is revealed in our actions. Further, our actions are what reveal the mental choices we make that define our morals, revealing the sum of them that is our character. The unfailing process is that the words we think and the actions we take are what make up our character as individuals.
When we choose to develop a pattern of thinking that is harmful, self-centered, or selfish we become someone of that character. If we are dishonest internally we become liars. It is in this pattern that we find out who we are. It is our words and actions growing out of our thoughts that define our character.
We do not spring into adults as narcists or abusers. We make thousands of small choices that translate into actions that reveal our character. We reject counsel that tells us that there is a pattern to our behavior that is unhealthy. We do not end relationships that have invested life and love in us on a whim. We build resentment and bitterness through years of failing to think in love, grace, and mercy. Pride and anger become our character when we fail to think about humility and peace.
If we are to avoid character that is deadly and dangerous then we must realize that the unfailing process must follow the path of good thinking, loving words, and kind actions. Daily attention to tending these things are what build good character. It is in the millions of small choices that we create who we are.
Too often in our culture we seek to blame our patterns of behavior on external influences rather than our own choices. My flaws may be influenced by my past, my troubles, and my situation. Every choice I make is mine, however, and if I hope to reflect the character of Christ then I must accept that. I must realize that my choices based on my thinking yield my character.
There is, however, hope. There is always hope. We can become better. We can renew our minds, change our words and actions. We can remold our character. It will not be easy. It is possible and we can start wherever we are to seek love, grace, and peace. It is in this choice, Dear Reader that we must constantly live. We can, like Ebenezer Scrooge, choose to reform so that our future is characterized by things worthy of a timeless tale.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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