God Values Character
At the end of the day and at the end of your life, God will not judge you on your reputation, but on your character. One of the most successful pro-football franchises of all time is the Dallas Cowboys. When they were first organized the managers took an unusual approach. Instead of visiting successful football teams, they went to successful businesses (industry leaders like General Motors, IBM, Xerox, and the like.) They asked the leading executives what they looked for in their leaders.
Without exception, these great business leaders, some of the greatest in the world said they look for “character and the integrity of the individual” (Zig Ziglar, Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World, (Nashville, TN: Oliver Nelson Books, 1985, pgs.49-50).
I want to encourage those reading this article to do everything you can to stoke the fire of character within yourself, your children, and the people you influence. Solomon, a wise king who lived thousands of years ago said, “A good name is more desirable than great riches, to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1)
A good name can’t be bought, stolen, or even inherited. It can only be earned by character.
Daily we construct our lives by the choices we make. Good character is built brick-by-brick, thought-by-thought, action-by-action, habit-by-habit. Character is forged through showing diligence about who we are on the inside rather than what we look like on the outside. As short-cut characters, we short cut ourselves.
So, when all is said and done and the dust of your life is settled, remember Character Still Counts. It always has and it always will.
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James Merritt (PhD) is the author of Character Still Counts: It Is Time To Restore Our Lasting Values (Feb. 4, 2020, Harvest House). He is a pastor, past president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and host of the Touching Lives television program, seen nationwide and in 122 countries. As a national voice on faith and leadership, Merritt has been interviewed by Time, Fox News, MSNBC, and 60 Minutes. He resides with his family outside Atlanta, Georgia.