I will give thanks to you as I learn your regulations, which are based on your righteousness. Psalms 119:7 GW
Through Christ we can approach God and stand in his favor. So we brag because of our confidence that we will receive glory from God. But that's not all. We also brag when we are suffering. We know that suffering creates endurance, endurance creates character, and character creates confidence. Romans 5:2-4
When our culture seeks to instill confidence and self-esteem in our children, we have a tendency to do it all backwards. Parents and so-called educators seem to think smoothing the path, taking away stumbling blocks, low expectations, and dumbing down learning is the answer. They eliminate grades, competition and the possibility of failure.
What they model and mold are wimps who can't stand the realities of life, have little moral fiber and think everyone owes them. Our education and cultural system creates victims not victorious overcomers. We're creating mindless, needy sheep who follow anyone who promises to take care of their needs. Few are independent thinkers and doers with the integrity to stand on their own two feet. Why?
Character and self-esteem is built on knowing who we are and our need for God. It is built on learning to deal with problems and hardships in a constructive manner.
No country will long survive as free without citizens more concerned about character than convenience.
Posted by Carolyn R Scheidies
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