So far, in this series of podcasts, we have looked at some of the issues that are affecting our society today. We have talked about dealing with the police, the hows and whys of engaging in non-violent protest, how too respond to the stereotypes that some people have about black youth, what you can do if you were raised without a father, and how to have the proper respect for God, yourself, your peers, and the authority figures in your life.
In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are now going to to begin talking about the building of important character traits in your life. Besides your relationship with Jesus Christ, your character is the most important thing you possess -- not money, not success, not education, and not health. In fact, you can have all those other things, but if you don’t have character you will eventually lose those things.
We are going to begin looking at the first biblical character trait of Decisiveness from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.
Decisiveness is choosing to do what is right based on accurate facts, wise counsel, and clearly defined goals.
When Daniel faced a decision in Babylon about whether to obey the king’s edict or God’s commandment, it was not a difficult choice, because he had predetermined that he would obey God, whatever the cost. “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank” (Daniel 1:8).
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