Character is Destiny

Read: Colossians 3:12-17

This past weekend Jordan Spieth won his second major golf tournament of the year by winning the U.S Open at Chamber’s Bay in the state of Washington.  Some of the other names to accomplish the feat of winning the Master’s and the U.S Open in the same year are those of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods.  Very esteemed company for the 21 year old Spieth for sure.

But what most people are talking about along with his talent at golf is his character.  I heard one person connect his character with his destiny for success on the course by saying, “Character is Destiny.”  One golf commentator this weekend said, “There’s a kid who looks in the mirror and likes what he sees.”  Funny thing is, Jordan seems to humble to even think that way.

In Colossians 3 Paul writes, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”  When we put on these character traits in life it becomes easier to look in the mirror each day.

Derek Hill says, “Character is what defines you.  It’s what people see in you.  It’s what people will say about you after you pass away.  Character is one of the most important things you have.  How are you investing in yours?  Do people see your faith in what you do?  Is your character reflected in how you serve the Kingdom?”   Those are all great questions to ask of ourselves.

Yes, I am a Jordan Spieth fan, because I like who he is, what he stands for, and how he handles himself in public.  Oh, and I admire his excellent golf game as well.  I hope that he continues to live with this character as more success heads his way.  I hope the same for myself as well.  I hope that my character will reflect the words of Paul in Colossians 3.  I hope the same for you as well!  May we set our destiny to be God’s witnesses by living with Godly character in our everyday lives.

Make it personal:  Take time to thank those people who are great examples of Godly character in life.  In a world that is often filled with hateful words, demeaning statements, and anger, it is a blessing to see the opposite of those.  The families of the Charleston, South Carolina shooting this past week have given us a great example of that.

Have a blessed week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church