Character first

I’ve thought about this sermon a lot over the past month. During stressful times it’s good to remember that the real goal is not success in work or even personal life, but rather building character to be more loving, more honest, more holy. Not your circumstances but how you grow in them to those ends.

When we see a brand new baby, part of what we love about that baby is that little baby when it first arrives in this world is just innocent. How long does that baby’s innocence last? Twenty years? Twenty minutes? Innocence is the absence of sin, but it’s not yet the presence of character. Character is that pattern, those habitual patterns of…How do I think? What do I want? What will I choose?…That’s what life is about. – John Ortberg