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What Do We Value Most?

Is It Character or Reputation?

I stumbled upon this very enriching insight from Atlee Beechy. He shared how his teachers have inspired him on how to always check on himself, on how would he gauge himself as he reacted on things or respond on a situation.  My favorite part is when he always have to challenge himself by asking ” What would Jesus do in this situation?”  Its a clear manifestation on how a person of faith would always consider that someone is really there – an unseen Jesus which do exist in thoughts ..  Read on his story below:

How we respond to good and evil reflects our faith and determines our destiny.
During my early and mid-teens I had a lively Sunday school teacher.  He saw character as what we really are deep down inside when no one is looking. In contrast, he believed that reputation is what others think we are, which often is somewhat different!

My teacher had the habit of asking direct questions – what would Jesus say about how you treat your family, care for animals, drive the car, earn or spend money, play or talk about your neighbors?

I had a high school teacher who made current events and history come to life. He was also my basketball coach and taught me much about playing fair, respecting my body, being part of a team and having fun.

I was fortunate. These two teachers gave me a way to grade my character during the week and, along with my parents, were very important in shaping my life.

Later, Charles Sheldon’s book, In His Steps, challenged me in decision-making to always ask, “What would Jesus do in this situation?”

Character means standing up for what we believe is right, and doing that with grace and humility. This is not an easy task.

Daily we face pressures to cut corners. We may be tempted to put on our most righteous faces and to hide our character cracks. Often our characters weaken internally before any external patterns show. If we stumble, as ll of us do at times, let us accept responsibility, seek forgiveness, and get back on our bicycles again. Inner peace and joy come only as we truly live our convictions.

Rejoice. God is at work in us. God offers unrationed grace. Power lines connect us to God’s grace. We are “members one of another.” Jesus in John 16:33 reassures us, “I have said this to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face trouble. But take courage; I have overcome the world.”  – Atlee Beechy (Goshen, Indiana)

“It is in solitude that we discover that being is more important than having and that we are worth more than the results of our efforts. In solitude we discover that our life is not a possession to be defended but a gift to be shared.” – Henri Nouwen

Source: Meditations for Meetings – Edgar Stoesz

More prayers and inspirations:

Let’s Begin with a Prayer: 101 Prayers for Meetings

Spiritual Insights on Character and Reputation

Spiritual Insights on Character and Reputation

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