This week I’ll share with you the FIRST of the THREE things that will help you build and remain strong in character.
It is said, “The only thing that walks back from the cemetery with the mourners and refuses to be buried is the character of the man.”
Character is important – VERY important!
In our world it seems everything is out there – very little self-control, self-discipline, or self-examination. We love to look at others and examine, judge and critique them.
Many times in the Bible God reminds us to look in the mirror (my translation). Luke 6:41 & 42 – “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”
It so very important to take a long hard inward look. God has been leading me inward lately to places I’ve blocked off from everyone, including myself– but more about that at another time (a new book possibly?).
Back to the importance of self-examination… We must FIGHT to keep a godly character in every situation.
I believe there are three things we all need to focus on each day of our lives to be the leader, the influencer, and ambassador for Christ. Why do I believe these three things are important? Because they have been obstacles in my life personally – these are three VERY IMPORTANT LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED IN MY years of living.
GUARD YOUR HEART
Proverbs 4:23 is one of my all-time, go-to verses. When someone asks me what my favorite verse is I often respond quickly with Proverbs 4:23 – “Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.”
- Living with wounds takes you out of the fullness of your destiny: I’ve lived with wounds for a long time. God has been showing me the importance of bringing my heart to Him daily. SO often we live with wounds – too proud or too scared to take them to Jesus and let Him heal them. Living with wounds can take you out of the game.
What isn’t revealed can NOT be healed! Take time this year and let Him help you work through them for complete healing.
Hurt people, hurt people! Guard your heart.
- Little foxes spoil the vine: It’s the small things that can destroy your ministry, your relationship, your home. Be on guard with the little things. Little things become BIG, destructive things.
It’s so easy for us to get our focus on petty things – it takes our attention off what really matters. It’s a distraction. Satan is a master at distracting us with little petty things.
Let’s turn that around to focusing on the little good things: the small things that make you smile.
- Do the right thing because it’s the right thing:James tells us not to be double minded. Our culture is full of double mindedness: going with whatever feels good at the time or whatever can elevate or promote us. Double-mindedness comes from an unguarded heart.
Don’t be swayed be tossed to and fro stand firm on what you believe. Be faithful, honorable and loyal to the call of Christ on your life.
Ephesians 4:14-16 says, “So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
We are empowered by His Spirit to be agents of love, hope, healing, reconciliation, liberty, peace and joy in His name.
When we take the time to learn how to properly guard our heart it transforms our character and our influence.
Carve sometime out of your schedule to do just this – you’ll be glad you did (and so will the next generation).