Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thursday Thoughts On Character-building...

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Work hard
Be kind
Be true
No one can take that
From you

To do what is right
Is never wrong
Remembering that
Will keep
You strong

Man sees the outside
But God sees
The heart
He knows if we
Are doing our part

© Janet Martin

So when the few who didn’t skip class were told they would be rewarded with lunch, (teacher’s treat) on the last day of the semester (today) it made those who didn’t skip glad. Yesterday Teacher told the class everyone would be treated; those who skipped as well as  those who didn’t .  The ‘skippers’ laughed at the ‘nons’. .. I remind Student. Character is shaped by choice of response…
Remember, the teacher didn't have to treat anyone. I guess he chose to treat everyone for their hard work all semester.

We may think that Choice
is not oft rewarded,
We should remember


Character is that Thing
that happens
whether we pay attention
or not
the wise remember
and realize
Character begins in


What others say
We cannot  boss,
but our response
Is up to us


builds the man
we are today


Handle with care
Like treasure rare
This moment you are in
Its precious gift
As moments shift
Will never pass again


Words can pile up
like dust on a shelf
What we do
speaks for itself


Love bears all things, 
believes all things, 
hopes all things, 
endures all things.
Love never fails;

1 Cor. 13: 7-8


  1. I Corinthians 13 has been my theme passage this past year so I have read it over and over again. I noticed a few months ago that in describing true love, it is as much about what you don't do as what you do: is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong much a part of the "putting off" and "putting on" described in the latter half of Colossians 3.

    Thank you for the reminder today, Janet. The stanza on character resonated with me the most.

  2. I will be contemplating this, the 'not doing as much as the doing'! I've never thought of it quite like that before. So true. Thank-you!

    Student is learning that unless we choose right for a Higher Calling, doing is a thankless nothing!


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