For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10
In my youth I struggled with deep feelings of inadequacy even though I was gifted in many ways. Inadequacy plus giftedness was a deadly combination. It kept me from discipline and repentance, and it left me feeling that I constantly had to perform.
I could succeed without a great deal of effort. I was the starting fullback on the football team, and in church I could knock the congregation out of the pews with my hard-driving solos. In school, I could get A’s without cracking a book; plus I was a natural comedian. People expected me to do great things.
But in those rootless early adult years, I soon discovered that I lacked what was necessary for real success—discipline and character. And real discipline and character are rooted in what we learn in the Bible, in the Old Testament stories, in the life of Christ, in the stories of the early years of the church found in the New Testament. Get grounded in the Word and you’ll develop Godly discipline and character.
– Steve Arterburn
Character, not circumstance, makes the person. – Booker T. Washington