Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.
If people tried to find grounds for charging you with corruption, would they succeed? Can you be trusted to do what you know is right, whether in big or little things? Are you reliable?
These traits are saturated with one recurring theme: character. Character says quietly, yet convincingly, “I do what is right. You can count on me-at any cost!”
I sense in our society a growing feeling of “I deserve a perk”; “I deserve a promotion (without the process)”; “I deserve the position, prestige and honor (without having to pay the price and take on the responsibilities).” Many are climbing the career ladder, but few seem to be on the character path.
Considering these questions will help you determine whether others consider you a person of character:
Do people constantly have to remind you to get things done?
Do you habitually forget to follow through?
What does your word mean to you? Is it a premium seal that secures the deal or a flimsy wrapper that can be taken off and thrown away with ease?
Do you return phone calls?
Do your children believe you when you promise to do something with them?
If you promise you’ll be home, do you call if you’re going to be late?
Do you speak admiringly around your children of those who are successful and faithful?
Imagine the impact Christians would have on society if we replaced compromise and unfaithfulness with dependability, consistency and obedience toward God. Perhaps our salt would become truly “salty” again.
Discuss: What is at the heart of faithfulness? What’s at stake in relationships when faithfulness is ignored? Is trust an issue in your life? Marriage? Family? How?
Pray: Ask God to fill your home with relationships that are built on trust and faithfulness. Ask Him to show you ways you can be faithful and model them to your family.
Excerpted from “Moments Together for Couples” by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.
Used with permission. Copyright 1995 by Dennis and Barbara Rainey. All rights reserved. To purchase the book, visit -> http://www.familylife.com/1-800-358-6329/detail.asp?id=1170
I really like this little article from familylife.com
When I read the ”deserve a perk” comment it made me think of teenagers. But where do they get this attitude? From society, from parents, from other teens?
I actually think more along these lines ‘I deserve a break’ ‘I deserve alittle treat for cleaning and cooking all day’ ‘I deserve for my son and hubby to love, cherish and fawn all over me’
Yeah, silly huh?
I’d like to say I can look at these questions and answer them all in the positive. But I cannot say I do them all, all the time, and all very well.
Pray on these things, soften your heart listen to Gods leading, be obedient to Him, be a character.