“This is what [God] requires…to do what is right.” Mic 6:8 NLT
Focusing solely on what you can do, without first deciding what kind of person you should be, is a mistake. Your talent may make your name known, but your character will determine what people associate with it. Your talent may dictate your potential, but your character will determine your legacy. What is character? It’s the will to do what’s right, even when it is not easy. It’s deciding ahead of time what’s truly non-negotiable. Count on it, the day will come when so-called “progress” calls for compromising your convictions. In that moment, what hangs in the balance is your moral authority. So you must be clear about your convictions. You’ll be tempted to believe that once you reach a certain level of success, these challenges disappear. No, success doesn’t make anything easier, it just raises the stakes. What was once applauded is now simply expected. It’s a lot easier to win the title than defend it. Furthermore, with success comes the inclination to see yourself as the final authority on right and wrong. Look around you and you’ll see that it’s not uncommon to find leaders playing by a different set of rules. Everything really does look different at the top! Once intoxicated by success you start to believe that the rules don’t apply to you. And that can be fatal. In the final analysis your reputation is how you’re known before men but your character is how you’re known before God. You say, “But why cling to something that’s outdated or has the potential to slow me down?” The Bible answers: “This is what [God] requires…to do what is right.”
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