I was talking to an old friend today about the building of/development of character. We weren’t speaking hypothetically or theoretically, but were addressing issues that I’m wrestling with in my life. Building character is usually used as a euphemism for going through hellishly challenging circumstances & keeping a good (meaning godly) attitude about the whole thing. Sounds like not so much fun.
It got me to thinking… It can mean going through difficult, undesirable, even adversarial situations & simply not reponding according to my natural inclinations. It can mean being faithful & consistent through a boring assignment; following through, even if no one would know that you didn’t. Not responding in anger or frustration (or raised voice) to the slight of a petty individual. Turning the other cheek when you’re maligned & your name is drug through the mud. Exercising humility & owning the wrongs you’ve done/things left undone even if others don’t follow suit & do the same. It’s not dependent on anyone else’s behavior so much as it is dependent on my submission to Christ, & following in His ways. Character is the result of a life relentlessly, faithfully, intentionally committed to Christ.