Character is who you are when no one is watching you. Character is predictable. The first fundamental truth about character is that it is a matter of the heart. You must embrace godly character so that you can experience lasting success. The root of character is in the heart.
Mark 3:20-23 -And he said, that which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Character cannot be changed until you change your thoughts. Whatever that has been displayed outside begins from within. So, your thoughts determine your actions and your actions determine your habit. If a man wants to change his character, he has to consciously work on his thoughts. Until the inside is taken care of, the habit will not stop. No habit can stop until it is dealt with on the inside. It is the heart that matters most in character.
The second fundamental truth about character is that it is your true beauty. Your true beauty is not in your clothes, make-up or look; it is much more in your character. That is why character is the most important part of lasting success. To lack character is to be naked.
Another fundamental truth about character is that character is not a gift; it is consciously cultivated. You cultivate, nurture and build character. It takes a conscious step because that is what determines your lasting success.
Below are attributes of a godly character:
- Honesty: 2Cor. 8:21 – Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
Honesty is the state of truthfulness. Nothing empowers people like truth. Honest people tell the truth. They are straight-forward and do not cheat. If you are found to be dishonest, you will lose respect with people. Let God trust you and let men also trust you. Let your boss trust you too.
- Discipline: 1Cor.14:40 – Let all things be done decently and in order.
1 cor. 6:12 – All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
Discipline is bringing yourself under a law; it is self-control. Discipline is willingness to take orders. Discipline affects all aspects of life; even punctuality to duty. You have to discipline yourself in timing, attitude, and accountability. There is no serious minded man who will not respect time; don’t do business with anybody who does not have respect for time.
You should discipline yourself when it comes to money. You don’t use money meant for feeding to buy clothes; that is lack of discipline. If you are given money to keep, don’t touch it; keep it as it was given to you.
You should also be disciplined with sleep. I have never seen a successful man who sleeps too much. All successful men don’t sleep too much. Poor people sleep too much. Poverty is not about physical cash; it has to do with the mindset.
As you do these, may God cause you to succeed like never before in Jesus name –Amen!