2012- A Year of Developing Character
As I reflect upon my spiritual goals for the year 2012, I desire most to focus on developing Godly character. When I would encounter difficult challenges in life during my growing up years, it became a common expression of my mom to say “Great chance for character growth,” and that would usually halt my pity party. For some reason, changing my focus to developing character always made it a challenge, and gave the circumstance a focused goal….thus the grit that often needs to accompany God’s grace began to be molded into my life.
Ephesians 6:10-18 – We must put on the whole armor of God. We must have the character of Jesus Christ. It is impossible to have the power of God without having the character of God, which is holiness.
The Bible lists many attributes of godly character, and I would like to borrow from a list of 49 attributes ( and their opposites) that was developed by Drs. Debbie and Don Dunlap ( biblical counselors that were very instrumental in developing my character through the years.)
They encouraged parents to teach these qualities to their children and developed a worksheet of 7 steps to guide parents with the teaching process. 1. Know the definition (dictionary and biblical). 2. List synonyms and antonyms. 3.Name similar character qualities (Refer to list). 4. Find examples in scripture. 5.Name some men/women in the Bible who did NOT demonstrate the quality. 6.Talk about how Jesus demonstrated the character quality in his ministry and life. 7. Identify how you can demonstrate the character qualities in your own personal life.
I plan to look at a character quality each week on this blog site. Hope you’ll join me in your own pursuit of character development.
List of Character Qualities (and opposites):
Alertness vs Unawareness * Attentiveness vs Unconcern * Availability vs Self-centeredness *Boldness vs Fearfulness *Cautiousness vs Rashness * Compassion vs Indifference *Contentment vs Covetousness * Creativity vs Under-achievement *Decisiveness vs Double-minded * Deference vs Rudeness * Dependability vs Inconsistency * Determination vs Faint-heartedness * Diligence vs Slothfulness * Discernment vs Judgement * Discretion vs Simple-Mindedness * Endurance vs Giving Up * Enthusiasm vs Apathy * Faith vs Presumption *Flexibility vs Resistance * Forgiveness vs Rejection * Generosity vs Stinginess * Gentleness vs Harshness * Gratefulness vs Ungratefulness * Hospitality vs Loneliness * Humility vs Pride *Initiative vs Unresponsiveness * Justice vs Fairness * Joyfulness vs Self-Pity * Love vs Selfishness * Loyalty vs Unfaithfulness * Meekness vs Anger * Obedience vs Willfulness *Orderliness vs Disorganization * Patience vs Restlessness * Persuasiveness vs Contentiousness * Punctuality vs Tardiness * Resourcefulness vs Wastefulness * Responsibility vs Unreliability *Reverence vs Disrespect * Security vs Anxiety * Self-Control vs Self Indulgence * Sensitivity vs Callousness * Sincerity vs Hypocrisy * Thoroughness vs Incompleteness * Thriftiness vs Extravagance * Tolerance vs Prejudice * Truthfulness vs Deception * Virtue vs Impurity *Wisdom vs Natural Inclinations
Character, not circumstances, make the man.
—Booker T. Washington
Distance tests a horse’s strength. Time reveals a person’s character.
— Chinese Proverbs
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”
Everyone tries to define this thing called Character. It’s not hard. Character is doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.”
A man’s reputation is what other people think of him; his character is what he really is.
Prayer for 2012: May you grow in your knowledge and understanding of God. May you allow Him to mold godly character into you in whatever circumstances this year may hold for you.
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Posted on December 30, 2011, in Character Series, Living the Christian Life, Parenting and tagged Biblical character, character growth, Christian living, Christian parenting, develop character. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.