Being a person of character is a challenge that each of us faces each day. It’s hard, plain and simple.
To make all of our decisions based on integrity takes resolve, understanding, and, most of all, the power of God. These very decisions that are right, though difficult to make, create the whole of who we are and who we are becoming.
Successful living is directly related to how consistently we can exercise character. It’s a journey, and one to where we most likely never fully “arrive,” but one that we should take nonetheless.
The decisions young teen girls make in these early years are critical. They help determine whether or not they will become teen mothers, avoid alcoholism or drug addiction, have lasting friendships, develop a healthy body image, what their work ethic will be in a future occupation, and what kind of man they will choose to marry.
Because of this, I chose a theme for this year called “Becoming a Person of Character.” The idea is to highlight a Godly virtue each week and then have them practice it in some way during the week to reinforce the exercise of that trait.
I hope that you take the challenge with us as we strive to become girls and women of deep character and conviction. People who can stand in a crowd and make a good decision, no matter what everyone is doing around us. Women who can recognize mistakes, and make them right. People who are lights on a hill, shining like stars in the universe.
“Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.” -Psalm 97:11