October 19, 2023
"When people are tempted and still continue strong, they should be happy." Jas 1:12 NCV
Because he was handsome, Joseph attracted the unwanted attentions of his boss's wife. Day after day, she tried to seduce him. Now fast-forward to later in his life: If Joseph encountered that level of temptation when he was just a household slave, can you imagine the level he was exposed to when he became Egypt's prime minister? Acting with integrity in small things equips you to act with integrity in big ones. In the hour of temptation, you will be called upon to choose one of two paths: character or compromise. And every time you choose character, you become stronger, even when your choice comes at a cost. Observe:
(1) Character is more than just talk. Do you remember the old show-and-tell method of teaching in school? If you're all tell and no show, you lose credibility.
(2) Talent is a gift, but character is a choice. Generally speaking, talent is something you're born with; you have little say in the matter. But character is a choice you get to make each day, and usually it's made when only God and you know about it.
(3) Character brings lasting success. It's said that early Stradivarius violins were made from wood taken from the side of trees that had faced the brunt of a storm. Why? Because weather-beaten wood produces the sweetest music. Are you getting the idea?
(4) Temporarily you may rise above your character limitations, but you won't be able to sustain it. Eventually you will be seen for what you are. So, the word for you today is—don't just work to build your career, work to build your character.
Character or Compromise.