How are you doing with the character qualities we’ve already explored during this 25-Day Christmas Character Countdown?
Has your family become more respectful? Are they diligently working together? Have you learned to be patient and to practice self-control?
None of those testimony building character qualities can grow without today’s character quality. The character quality of courage is what will allow you to make deep and long-lasting changes in yourself, your family, and your home.
It takes courage to change.
It takes courage to tell the truth, when a lie would be easier.
It takes courage to wait, when no one will know that you peeked!
The dictionary defines courage like this: The ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous.
Have you ever thought that developing character is as an activity that demands courage? It certainly does! In a culture that just goes with the flow, stopping and spending the time necessary to become a family of character takes the courage to go against the crowd. It takes courage to stand for something good.
Character is good!
Have you felt any discouragement as you’ve committed to making these character changes in your home? Remind one another just how brave you are to make those changes. For our children, praising them for their courage, and the bravery they are showing by choosing to develop Christ-like character, will infuse them with the necessary strength to continue in this endeavor.
Mom and Dad, the courage you show when you say “No” to yourselves in order to serve and love your children will be a powerful example for your youngsters to follow. Don’t think for a second that they don’t see the sacrifice and bravery you are showing in your family-centered choices. You are their heroes!
When a particular day or a particular character quality seems extraordinarily challenging, stop and build up one another’s courage. Words like, “I know you can do it!” or “You are becoming such a respectful young man,” will embolden your children to even more and even higher quality character-Character that brings honor to Christ.
How can we have courage when the world so often seems overwhelming or frightening? The book of Deuteronomy reminds us that we can be bold and courageous because God is with us; He will never fail us or forsake us! (Deuteronomy 31:8)
Even if the world never notices and praises you for your positive character choices, you can encourage one another. You are brave, you are courageous, and you will reap the benefits of living Christ-honoring character healthy lives!