Today’s Reading Judges 15:13 – 1 Samuel 2:29
Character development, character programs, and character training are things that are widespread throughout our culture. Our schools invest much time and energy into the importance of developing good character in their students. We invest a lot of time and energy in promoting the importance of character.
As we remember the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr. today it seems like the perfect time to think about character. He was a man who exhibited character and lifted up a country. He was a man who helped people see that everyone matters and that color of skin is not what counts. It is our hearts. It is the decisions we make when no one else is looking. This is where character is developed.
I thought a lot about character this morning as I read the scripture. We have so many examples of good and bad character present. We have Delilah, the people of Gilbeah, and Peninnah as some examples of people showing a lack of character. We then see Ruth, Hannah. and Boaz as people who show us great examples of character.
So what are you doing when no one is watching? What decisions are you making? These are the things that define you. Those are the moments that will impact you and your community for years to come. Martin Luther King Jr. knew that basic fact. As apparently, did people throughout history like Mahatma Ghandi, Clara Burton, and Nelson Mandela.
Take some time today and give thanks for those men and women who have been a guiding influence in your life. Remember the life of MLK, Jr. Think back of decisions you have made in the last, day, week, and month. Are there some you would do differently? What can you do to make sure that you do make better choices?
Finally, make today more than a day off. Find something you can do or say that can make a positive contribution.