4.21.2016

CHARACTER QUALITIES from a biblical perspective.

Every year, at our homeschool Promotion Night, each child receives a Student Achievement Award.
The award can be given in the areas of academics, extracurricular activities, sports, or character.
The students (especially the younger ones) LOVE hearing their name and a positive quality about themselves read on stage. It is a simple, yet personal, way to acknowledge their efforts during the school year and they are encouraged to know someone noticed their efforts.
Dennis and I always focus on character, because while academic pursuits are good, character lasts for a lifetime.

This year the leadership sent out a character chart to help prompt ideas for the award, and after reading through the list I thought, "We need to implement this in our home! This is excellent!"
I copied and saved it, and then printed it out to use as a measuring standard - for all of us.
Each month we can look through the list, discuss which qualities we would most like to focus on and improve, and then encourage one another in the pursuit of stronger and more godly character.

When Dennis was an inner-city high school principal he told his students every day
"Act like what you do matters - because it DOES!"
And now - he says the same to our own children.

This list is fantastic, and I especially appreciate that the qualities are defined with a biblical perspective.

Enjoy!
  1. Alertness vs. Unawareness
    Being aware of that which is taking place around me so I can have the right response to it (Mark 14:38)
  2. Attentiveness vs. Unconcern
    Showing the worth of a person by giving undivided attention to his words and emotions (Hebrews 2:1)
  3. Availability vs. Self-centeredness
    Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I am serving (Philippians 2:20–21)
  4. Boldness vs. Fearfulness
    Confidence that what I have to say or do is true and right and just in the sight of God (Acts 4:29)
  5. Cautiousness vs. Rashness
    Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions (Proverbs 19:2)
  6. Compassion vs. Indifference
    Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others (I John 3:17)
  7. Contentment vs. Covetousness
    Realizing that God has provided everything I need for my present happiness (I Timothy 6:8)
  8. Creativity vs. Underachievement
    Approaching a need, a task, an idea from a new perspective  (Romans 12:2)
  9. Decisiveness vs. Double-mindedness
    The ability to finalize difficult decisions based on the will and ways of God (James 1:5)
  10. Deference vs. Rudeness
    Limiting my freedom in order not offend the tastes of those whom God has called me to serve (Romans 14:21)
  11. Dependability vs. Inconsistency
    Fulfilling what I consented to do even if it means unexpected sacrifice (Psalm 15:4)
  12. Determination vs. Faintheartedness
    Purposing to accomplish God’s goals in God’s time regardless of the opposition (II Timothy 4:7–8)
  13. Diligence vs. Slothfulness
    Visualizing each task as a special assignment from the Lord and using all my energies to accomplish it (Colossians 3:23)
  14. Discernment vs. Judgment
    The God-given ability to understand why things happen (I Samuel 16:7)
  15. Discretion vs. Simplemindedness
    The ability to avoid words, actions, and attitudes which could result in undesirable consequences (Proverbs 22:3)
  16. Endurance vs. Giving up
    The inward strength to withstand stress to accomplish God’s best (Galatians 6:9)
  17. Enthusiasm vs. Apathy
    Expressing with my soul the joy of my spirit (I Thessalonians 5:16,19)
  18. Faith vs. Presumption
    Visualizing what God intends to do in a given situation and acting in harmony with it (Hebrews 11:1)
  19. Flexibility vs. Resistance
    Not setting my affections on ideas or plans which could be changed by God or others (Colossians 3:2)
  20. Forgiveness vs. Rejection
    Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and allowing God to love them through me (Ephesians 4:32)
  21. Generosity vs. Stinginess
    Realizing that all I have belongs to God and using it for His purposes (II Corinthians 9:6)
  22. Gentleness vs. Harshness
    Showing personal care and concern in meeting the need of others (I Thessalonians 2:7)
  23. Gratefulness vs. Unthankfulness
    Making known to God and others in what ways they have benefited my life (I Corinthians 4:7)
  24. Hospitality vs. Loneliness
    Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and spiritual refreshment with those whom God brings into my life (Hebrews 13:2)
  25. Humility vs. Pride
    Recognizing that it is actually God and others who are responsible for the achievements in my life (James 4:6)
  26. Initiative vs. Unresponsiveness
    Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it (Romans 12:21)
  27. Joyfulness vs. Self-pity
    The spontaneous enthusiasm of my spirit when my soul is in fellowship with the Lord (Psalm 16:11)
  28. Justice vs. Fairness
    Personal responsibility to God’s unchanging laws (Micah 6:8)
  29. Love vs. Selfishness
    Giving to others’ basic needs without having as my motive personal reward (I Corinthians 13:3)
  30. Loyalty vs. Unfaithfulness
    Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to God and to those whom He has called me to serve (John 15:13)
  31. Meekness vs. Anger
    Yielding my personal rights and expectations to God (Psalm 62:5)
  32. Obedience vs. Willfulness
    Freedom to be creative under the protection of divinely  appointed authority (II Corinthians 10:5)
  33. Orderliness vs. Disorganization
    Preparing myself and my surroundings so I will achieve the greatest efficiency (I Corinthians 14:40)
  34. Patience vs. Restlessness
    Accepting a difficult situation from God without giving Him a deadline to remove it (Romans 5:3–4)
  35. Persuasiveness vs. Contentiousness
    Guiding vital truths around another’s mental roadblocks (II Timothy 2:24)
  36. Punctuality vs. Tardiness
    Showing high esteem for other people and their time (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
  37. Resourcefulness vs. Wastefulness
    Wise use of that which others would normally overlook or discard (Luke 16:10)
  38. Responsibility vs. Unreliability
    Knowing and doing what both God and others are expecting from me (Romans 14:12)
  39. Reverence vs. Disrespect
    Awareness of how God is working through the people and events in my life to produce the character of Christ in me (Proverbs 23:17–18)
  40. Security vs. Anxiety
    Structuring my life around that which is eternal and cannot be destroyed or taken away (John 6:27)
  41. Self-Control vs. Self-indulgence
    Instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s Spirit (Galatians 5:24–25)
  42. Sensitivity vs. Callousness
    Exercising my senses so I can perceive the true spirit and emotions of those around me (Romans 12:15)
  43. Sincerity vs. Hypocrisy
    Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives (I Peter 1:22)
  44. Thoroughness vs. Incompleteness
    Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words if neglected (Proverbs 18:15)
  45. Thriftiness vs. Extravagance
    Not letting myself or others spend that which is not necessary (Luke 16:11)
  46. Tolerance vs. Prejudice
    Acceptance of others as unique expressions of specific character qualities in varying degrees of maturity (Philippians 2:2)
  47. Truthfulness vs. Deception
    Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts (Ephesians 4:25)
  48. Virtue vs. Impurity
    The moral excellence and purity of spirit that radiate from my life as I obey God’s Word (II Peter 1:3)
  49. Wisdom vs. Natural Inclinations
    Seeing and responding to life’s situations from God’s frame of reference (Proverbs 9:10)

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