As a kid I wasn’t allowed to say rude words. In fact the rudest word I knew was “shut up”. (Please excuse the language here in the newsletter)

As a result, the compression of such behavioural restrictions pushed down on me so badly, I needed to just let it out. So I ran to the farthest place I knew – the corner of the backyard.

I quickly looked around to check mum or dad couldn’t see and then I proceeded to “let fly” in a whisper under my breath – “shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up”.

Character is who you are when no one is watching.

We laugh at a small child muttering rude words under his breath but we too in our adulthood mutter things in the corner. We can scheme. We can be sarcastic. We can behave well in public and
think differently in private.

On the other hand, we know we should and we want to be, loving, kind, patient, self controlled, gentle and so on, yet behavior modification alone does not do the trick!

Who are you when no one is looking? Are you willing to use the next three weeks as an opportunity to start refocusing on refining a Christlike Character?

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