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Baptism: Lori

February 28, 2012 — 1 Comment

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Character Counts

August 3, 2011 — Leave a comment

As I mentioned on Sunday at New Vintage Church. I was taught a lot about Character by my secular high school. I was taught that there are 6 parts of Character:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship
Now, if you ask me to describe each of those… that’s where things get a little fuzzy for me. I’m not really sure what “citizenship” means and I’m not positive “fairness,” as the average person interprets it, is the best policy. Here’s how we defined Character on Sunday: Character is doing what’s right, no matter the personal cost.
In Andy Stanley’s book, Louder Than Words, he says:
“[men and women of character] Are not delivered from the storms of life, but they are delivered through them. Their roots go deep. Their faith is strong. Their resolve is unwavering. Their pursuit of Christlikeness gains for them the unique privilege of saying to God, ‘God, I’m just doing what You told me to do. You got me into this. It’s up to You to get me through it.’ They deliberately and sincerely cast their deepest and most intimate cares upon God, and they live with confidence that He is going to care for them (see 1 Peter 5:7). There is no place int he world more secure than the middle of God’s will. In fact, it’s the only real security there is. To pursue a life of character, then, is to prepare for the storms of life.” (page 63)
Character cannot really exist without pursuing a relationship with Jesus. As you pursue this relationship, you begin to care about what God cares about. Things begin to prioritize in your life in a way you never imagined. And He prepares you for the next storm.
Are you ready for the next storm?
One certainty in life is that storms will always come. The calm is only for a little while.
Prepare now. Pursue Jesus. I’m begging you.