Make it Count

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

July 18, 2023

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Make it Count

Read:

Proverbs 29:10 “The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the upright seek his well-being.”

Think:

Billy Graham: “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” 

One's character becomes evident through his actions, whether positive or negative. The foundation of character lies in firm convictions, which, unfortunately, seem to be lacking in today's society. When individuals lack steadfast beliefs regarding right and wrong, their moral compass becomes a constant cycle of uncertainty, relying on trial and error. It is during moments when one's beliefs are put to the test that his character, or lack thereof, is revealed, exposing the depth of his integrity. While most people tend to avoid conflicts, it is precisely these situations that serve as the true proving grounds for character. When confronted with challenges, particularly when our notions of right and wrong are challenged, we are faced with a choice: compromise and abandon our principles or stand firm and face the consequences.

Character does not emerge as a resource that can be summoned at will when confronted with conflicts or challenges. It is something that is either present or absent within us. It is the crisis itself that unveils our true character. As Senator Dan Coats from Indiana stated, "Character cannot be summoned at the moment of crisis if it has been squandered by years of compromise and rationalization. The mundane aspects of everyday life serve as the testing ground for heroism. It is in the countless small decisions we make in private, often half-consciously, that shape our character and prepare us for that one significant moment which has the power to transform a life or even a nation. Our daily habits become the battlefield upon which character is forged.”

Apply:

Begin today to make choices that are consistent with God's Word. Surround yourself with the right people who will help you develop character.

Pray:

Heavenly Father, I want to be intentional with my thoughts and actions, so they glorify and honor you. Help me to be a godly witness for you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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