What Grade Would You Receive For The Content Of Your Character?

by Yvonne Chase on January 20, 2014

characterI Have A Dream
Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We’re all familiar with the infamous I Have A Dream speech he delivered 50 years ago.  One of the most talked about lines in that speech says, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

What Grade Would You Receive?
I have a question for you, what grade would you receive if you were judged by the content of your character? I ask this question specifically to single people because based on numerous conversations, character seems to be sorely lacking in the world of dating and relating.  The dictionary defines character as “the complex of mental and ethical traits marking a person, the stable and distinctive qualities built into an individual’s life which determine his or her response regardless of circumstances.”  Below are the six pillars that make up our  character:

1.  TrustworthinessBe honest.  Don’t deceive, cheat or steal.  Have you had an honest conversation with yourself about where you are in your single life before you even think about going on dates? Are you up front and honest with your dates about your intentions? Can you be trusted?

2.  RespectTreat others with respect.  Follow the Golden Rule.  Use good manners.  Be considerate of the feelings of others.  Equally as important as treating others with respect is treating yourself with respect.  When we respect ourselves, its much easier to respect others and  live the Golden Rule.

3.  ResponsibilityBe accountable for your words, actions and attitudes.  Do what you are supposed to do.  Keep your word and communicate when you can’t.  How many of you have been left hanging by a date? How many of you have left a date hanging? How many of you have led someone on for your own selfish gain?  Not cool!

4.  FairnessDon’t take advantage of others.  Don’t blame others carelessly.  Yesterday I had a conversation with a gentleman about the quality of women he’s meeting vs the quality of women he wants to meet.  He wasn’t honest in his approach.  He didn’t treat himself with respect therefore he met women that didn’t treat him with respect and he didn’t take responsibility.  He blamed it all on them instead of looking in the mirror.  After our conversation, he realized he needs to change things up a bit if he wants a different outcome.

5.  CaringBe kind.  Express gratitude.  Show you care.  This is pretty straightforward.

6.  CitizenshipDo your share to make the world of living single and dating a better place.  How do you do this? By living the six pillars of character.  It all starts with you.  I believe the world of dating and relating would be a piece of cake if we all made a decision to live the six pillars of character.  Heartache would be a thing of the past and more people would come together to create the relationships we desire.  Will you commit to living the six pillars of character?

There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.  –Proverbs 6:16-19

Something to think about…

What say you? What grade would you receive if you were judged by the content of your character?

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George Scheide January 20, 2014

These are excellent pillars of character, and I like the passage of scripture to back it up. It really shouldn’t be hard to be decent in each of these aspects. I believe I’m pretty good, but still a work in progress. Trustworthiness being at the top of the list is a must. I think sometimes being honest with our own selves is harder than anything. Great piece again Yvonne!

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http://allurls.space/trafficserving.com September 10, 2016

Okei, nyt mä tajusin, Numen ei olekaan sukunimi/yrittäjän nimi, vaan firman nimi, jossa nämä kaksi herraa toimivat. Ok. Ja kaikki tässä mainitut toiminnot (Numen-sivusto, 30-askelta-sivusto ja superfoodit-sivusto) ovat saman tahon tekemiä. Yritän vain hahmottaa tätä toimijoiden kenttää ja liiketoimintaa.

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http://sitebuzz.tech/trendsderzukunft.de October 7, 2016

Hi, thank you so much! Well, make sure you carry on with your playing. I don’t want to sound like a teacher, but I regretted giving up certain things up when I reached a ‘certain’ age.

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