Character is defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. Our character is truly revealed when our circumstances become uncomfortable. When we are of strong character, our circumstances never make or break us.
In fact, it’s those very difficulties that build a strong character. Helen Keller, who had more trials than most of us could ever imagine, said “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.
In a society where we encouraged to do as we please and make sure we follow the easy road, it is no wonder that a good character is hard to find. We want it all, and we want it now. There doesn’t seem to be the work ethic and the perseverance that helps us get through difficult situations anymore.
In Romans 5:3-4 Paul talks about the same thing. “We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. This is the exact reason why so many people in our world today seem to be without hope. We have lost the ability to deal with difficult circumstances.
As a Christian, I know that God loves me in spite of what my circumstances might be. The fact that has given me eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ, makes any circumstance bearable. I know where I will be spending eternity, so whatever life throws at me, I can deal with. My circumstances don’t determine who I am, My Saviour does. I am a child of the One True KING and nothing can ever change that.