Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. – Thomas Jefferson
Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure. – James Altucher
Honesty and integrity are by far the most important assets of an entrepreneur. Zig Ziglar
I live in Alabama, so there is no shortage of churches in the area. There seems to be a church on every corner.
A little over a year ago, I started attending The Brook Church in Madison, Alabama. I keep going back for several reasons.
I have been able to make friends there. I enjoy the services and being involved with the children’s ministry. I love attending the missional community groups that the church sponsors.
Those things are great, but they are not the main reasons I think The Brook is the best church for me.
I continue to learn new things when I attend church on Sunday and during missional community group meetings. I also feel inspired to be a better person. I am constantly growing and trying to improve myself. I want to be willing to forgive others and be willing to apologize when I have done wrong. I want to be honest and have moral integrity. I want others to see me as someone with good character traits.
I still have areas of my life that need improvement and I make a lot of mistakes. However, I am always trying and The Brook is helping me to achieve my goal of being a better person and a better Christian.
In Matthew 12:22-50, Jesus has a lot to say about character. For example,
- A tree is known by its fruit
- Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks
Webster defines character as the mental and ethical traits of a person. Those traits could be positive or negative.
Positive character traits that I try to incorporate into my life include:
I don’t always live up to my goal, but I learn from my mistakes and try again.