Daily Devotion

October 18, 2023

Character (1)

“A principled life can stand up to the worst.” Pr 11:4 MSG


Abraham Lincoln said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” It’s easier to focus on our talent because, generally speaking, it produces results that are rewarded and celebrated by others. In other words, there is an element of ego connected to our gifts. Character is built in private. Your reputation is what people think you are, but character is what God (and you) know you are. If you want to go the distance, focus more on character than talent. The writer of Proverbs says, “Live right, and you will eat from the life-giving tree. And if you act wisely, others will follow” (Pr 11:30 CEV). If you’re praying for greater results, being must precede doing. To achieve greater goals, you must become a more effective leader. To attract better people, you must become a person of great character. When you consistently display character, competence, and purpose, you make a powerful statement to those around you and draw them closer to you. Great things are rarely accomplished alone, so if you want to attract good people, you have to become a better person yourself. This is particularly true if you’re a person of great ability. Your talent may lift you up before others, but your lack of character will bring you down. The Bible says, “A thick bankroll is no help when life falls apart, but a principled life can stand up to the worst” (Pr 11:4 MSG). A wise leader is willing to admit, “I’m not perfect, but I know who is. And I’m doing my best to become more and more like Him in my professional and personal life.”