MUSINGS FROM MIKE
“The Road to Character”
Jesus said it over and over: ‘By their fruit (actions) you will know them.’
One part of what he is saying is that in the decisions, words, and actions of individuals and groups you will come to know what they value and what they are prepared (or not) to do about it.
In this week of seeing the curtain parting and getting to peer into the character (or lack of same) in the political world, the business world, and sadly in the devastating report of the church failing to protect children and youth in Pennsylvania in the world of our faith.
Out of all of it I believe God is calling us back to find and live a better story and a better character. The elements of that character have the following:
- My soul and life reaches its fullness in the service of something larger – the living God.
- My soul and character flourishes when it is touched by and touching the lives of others.
- My soul reaches its ultimate character when touched by the power of God’s Holy Spirit.
I have to confess to all of you that I am guilty of taking character and character development for granted. If there is anything the last few years has taught me is that we can’t take it for granted. We have to think about it, pray and study about it, and then practice passionately the ways that lead to a character that shines a light to others and that equips you for whatever comes in life.
I invite you and welcome you to rediscover and travel with me on the road to character.