Character Matters – Self Control

“Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a solid set of values, and witnesses.” ~ Franklin P. Jones This week’s character trait is self-control. It can be defined as instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s Spirit. It’s controlling one’s emotions, desires, or actions by power of the will. It’s that quality that stops you from doing things you want to do, that might not be in your best interest.

Character Matters – Security

I’ve noticed lately a rise in television commercials advertising home monitoring systems or identity theft protection. The company message seems to be: “use us and never worry again.” Why does this message sell their product? Because we all crave this week’s character trait. Security is structuring my life around that which cannot be destroyed or taken away. It’s the state of being free from danger or threat. It’s also being free from doubt, anxiety or

Character Matters – Resourcefulness

“Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do. Or do without.” I can’t count how many times I’ve heard my mom say this over the years. It was practical advice learned from her mother and grandmother who had survived the Depression era. Why waste money on unnecessary things when they could use it up, wear it out, … This week’s character trait is resourcefulness. The wise use of that which others would normally overlook or discard. Being ingenious

Character Matters – Punctuality

“A queen is never late. Everyone else is simply early.” – from The Princess Diaries “Punctuality is the art of guessing how late the other fellow is going to be.” ~ Unknown When I got to this week’s character trait, I breathed a sigh of relief. Finally we got to one that I’m pretty good at! I tend to operate on the assumption that being on time means five minutes early. Punctuality is showing high esteem

Character Matters – Persuasiveness

This past week, my 15-year-old son has cherished (not really) the experience of going door to door in our neighborhood trying to sell coupon books as part of a baseball team fundraiser. He knocks, hopes someone answers, starts his pitch, then tries to overcome the obstacles and close the sale. Our conclusion is that some things are easier to sell than others and some people are natural sales-people. (He’s having a hard time, so if

Character Matters – Patience

I’ve spent most of the last month battling the nasty creeping crud I caught from my family. Let’s just say I’ve experienced about every symptom possible from the lungs up followed by total-body weakness that served as a flashback to my days on the couch with chronic fatigue syndrome. But my calendar and to-do list don’t care that I’m not feeling remotely close to 100%. Work deadlines. Personal writing goals. Blogs to post. Social media networking. Laundry, meals, and

Character Matters – Orderliness

So, in Monday’s post, I admitted that I can sometimes get a bit disorganized when it comes to planning ahead. In my defense, I must state that I’m a busy working wife and mother living in a household with a teen-aged athlete, a hormonal special needs daughter, and a nine-year-old. Plenty of demands and distractions to juggle! And I actually have my act together way more often than not. Whew! That brings me to this week’s

Character Matters – Obedience

Life is full of rules and instructions. Don’t take food or drink out of the kitchen. Clean your room. Brush your teeth at least once a day. No running in the hallways. Write your name on the top of your test paper. Don’t drive faster than the posted speed limit. File your income tax return by April 15th. Tell the truth. Forgive your enemies. As a child, I grew up under a list of expectations

Character Matters – Meekness

What do you get when you mix five people, two teenagers, three hacking colds, four school schedules, overlapping sports, and a mom with two jobs under one roof? Chaos. Clutter. Friction. Irritation. And tempers riled. That makes this week’s character quality extra important for me. Meekness is defined as yielding my personal rights and expectations with a desire to serve. Other definitions include showing mildness or quietness of nature, enduring injury with patience and without

Character Matters – Loyalty

“When the going gets tough, …” This familiar Chinese proverb ends with “the tough get going” as a way to encourage perseverance. But when the going gets tough, sometimes it also gets lonely. Why? Because few friends stick around during the hard times. This week’s character quality is loyalty. The dictionary describes loyalty as a feeling of devotion, duty, or attachment to something or somebody (like a person, country, organisation, or ideal). That’s all very nice, but feelings alone