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Character Development: Start With Why

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Character Development: Start With Why

What is your purpose for engaging with a group of people or performing a particular activity? Character development begins with defining why. Starting with what you are doing is the outside in approach; whereas, starting with why is the inside out approach, according to Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (2009). Why is it crucial to our development to start with why? Knowing why we are doing something helps us articulate our purpose, attracting those who align with our purpose, who will be motivated to continue being involved in the face of unpleasant circumstances and insurmountable barriers. Inspiring leadership begins with identifying the underlying reason for pursuing a particular path. What are the two...

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Developing Character with Ruth

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Developing Character with Ruth

What do you spend your time thinking about? Where does your mind wander? What are the predominant emotions that flavor your days? The Bible is replete with stories of individuals who changed their destiny because they changed their thinking. Developing character with Ruth, we see how she was encouraged by Naomi, her mother-in-law, to return to her mother’s house after the death of her husband, but refused and stuck with Naomi instead: But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following after you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from...

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Character Development with Mary

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Character Development with Mary

What is your value to God? What is the significance of your role in the universe? Do you think that what you desire is not okay because it seems so selfish? He designed us to do good works, which He created for us to do specifically. In fulfilling our desires, we do what God created us to do. (see Ephesians 2:10) Character development is about understanding how your relationship with God fits in the grand scheme of God’s plan.  Scripture reveals many individuals who found their place in history; I think Mary’s story best epitomizes this idea. In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to...

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Character Development with Hosea

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Character Development with Hosea

Do you wonder if what God is asking you to do is really from Him? Do you think He is crazy or perhaps you did not hear clearly? Do you think you heard Him telling you to do something, then after the fact, when it did not work out, do you think maybe it was not really Him you heard in the first place? Serving a sovereign God may seem a little schizophrenic at times. In my personal life, I have followed what I believed to be the prompting of the Spirit of God on several occasions, then later was completely appalled at the way my life unfolded as a result. I love to look at scripture to help in my character development when I cannot make sense of events in my life. Looking at the prophets, we see they had similar experiences. For example, we read in Hosea 1:2 that...

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Character Development with Caleb

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Character Development with Caleb

Have you ever felt like your opinion was correct, but ruled out by the majority? Have you felt all alone in your faith, and wondered when you would receive the promises of God? Perhaps you can relate to Caleb, one of the twelve witnesses God sent to spy out the land of Canaan before they entered it. Character development dominates Caleb’s recount of the story to Joshua when the people gathered at Gilgal before entering the land of Israel: “You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God in Kadesh-barnea concerning you and me. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart. But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I...

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Character Development with Job

»Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in character development | 0 comments

Character Development with Job

What do YOU use to help you get through trials and tribulations? Personally, I have had some huge trials in my life that took years to resolve. I have used a variety of techniques to help me with character development as I went through those situations. One in particular that provided perhaps the best insight was reflecting on the story of Job. In the beginning of the book of Job, God says, “Have you considered my servant, Job?” I hear pride in the tone of God’s voice, and the desire to point Job out as exceptional. Essentially, the response is, “You have him so well protected!” God seems to take this as a personal challenge; apparently, He really believes in Job and feels that he will stand up to whatever comes his way. God takes up the...

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