Twelve ways to intentionally cultivate character

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12 ways to intentionally cultivate character:

1. Do whatever you must do to come to sense how deeply you are loved by God.
2. Constantly make the choice you know is right instead of the choice that is easy.
3. Never say a bad word about someone else. As you get better and better with this, keep raising the bar higher and higher. We can never be too careful with words.
4. Learn to pray, meditate, and be in silence and solitude every day for at least some period of time.
5. Learn to control your mind and your thoughts.
6. Instead of finding reasons to excuse your wrongdoing, find reasons to excuse and forgive the wrongdoing of others, and deal with your own wrongdoing in prayer and silence.
7. Be quick to apologize, to accept responsibility, and to give credit away.
8. Put away anger and lust.
9. Determine to never again intentionally mislead someone about something.
10. Determine today to abandon forever all attitudes and actions that do not or cannot take you where you want to go.
11. Forgive yourself for your own mistakes, sins, and oversights, and accept the forgiveness of God.
12. Seek out whatever help you will need in doing the above — accountability, counseling, forgiveness, whatever it may be.

If you are not a praying person, do everything on this list anyway, without the prayer part!

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  • Jan

    I printed this out & hung it on our ‘fridge (because we get in there often & it will definitely get read while it’s posted there!!). I will intentionally look at this every day & focus on making these a priority. It is no “coincidence” that the things you wrote here will not only cultivate character, but draw us closer to God. Of course, I’m sure that’s what the point is! 🙂

  • David, is this list your original? I like it VERY much!

    Practicing what you preached …

    Help me Jesus, help David, Amen and amen! … Dear God, may you continue to pour out your blessings on David and his family, day by day, in Jesus name … amen.

    • Jan

      Amen!

    • Yes, it’s original. I’m posting so painfully infrequently lately I just felt the need to rattle off something substantive and quick and get something online. Glad you liked it, Dave. Thanks for reading.