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Building Character

June 9, 2010

“We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character, hope.” – Romans 5:3-4

One of the most difficult obstacles in my life is my own lack of personal discipline and character. I know what I need to do, I know how to do it, and I know why I need to do it. And yet– I’m not doing what I ought, because I lack the personal discipline to follow-through.

I have so much potential– more than most people that I know do. Because I know who I am, I know what can be done, I know how to do it– and I am open-minded enough to realize that I can do it. But I don’t! Why?

I just get impatient– I want it all now, now, now! It’s right in front of me– I can taste it, and yet I have to wait for it! And at the same time, because I know I can do it already, I wonder “what’s the point”? If I already know I can do it, what is there to prove?

But that’s the thing– it’s not in the self-validation that I’ll be fulfilled– it’s in the fulfillment that I am validated.

So to accomplish everything I need to be fulfilled, I must build character– through strong habits, an over-achiever’s personal code, and most importantly, follow-through. To have the resolve and integrity to see it through to the end– to risk it all to demonstrate that I’m not all talk– that the ideals that I believe in really matter– that to believe what I believe really is that powerful!

Character isn’t about what you say, after all– it’s about what you do. It’s not about who you think you are– it’s about the man that shines through the mask– the person that everyone know you as. I want to be a man of solid and upright character– someone that people will look up to and ask for advice. As I am now, I can’t do that, because I’m “all talk”.

So here’s to building character– turning “ideality” into “actuality”.

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