“People of character do the right thing even if no one else does, not because they think it will change the world but because they refuse to be changed by the world.” ~Michael Josephson …
Character is something that takes some time to develop–none of us are born with it, none of us are gifted it, and none of us discover it all at once. It is a journey. And as we develop our character, we come to discover more and more that it is not only about doing the right thing when no one else does to make the world a better place, but also doing the right thing when no one else does so that we will not fall victim to the ways of the world.
My character essentially boils down to my integrity and personal conviction. If I allow the world to change me in ways that compromise my personal beliefs and moral integrity, then I have lost my character… it is gone. On the other hand, if I refuse to be changed by the world, then regardless of whether or not I succeed at changing the world in a positive or moral way, I still have my character.
What is your character today? Has it changed since yesterday? Are you working towards strengthening and refining it? The decisions we make each day will either work towards strengthening our character so that it can better withstand the negative outside forces of the world, or they will weaken us so that we bend towards the will of the world.
Do the right thing today simply because you can.
Questions to consider:
In what ways do you “refuse to be changed by the world?” Are there instances in which you could do a better job of this?
What are some ways we can consciously refine and develop our character?
Who do you wish to be? What is required of you to make it so?
For further thought:
“Material possessions will rust away, wear away, or depreciate, but your inner resources– character–must never depreciate. In seeking success you must also seek fulfillment. Ask yourself not only what you want to be, but who you want to be.” ~Elizabeth Dole