I write this post today in honor of my grandmother, a person who has been such a positive influence in my life. An inspiration – not only in her perseverance, kindness, and grace, but also with her memories. Her memories have set the stage for so many of my stories, the people from her past have forged heroes and heroines that will someday find their ways from my thoughts onto the pages of a story.
So this morning, as I was driving my kids to school, we had a discussion about Godly character:
- What it looks like
- How to get it
And my granny came to mind. You see, for the past few months, she’s been pretty sick, and yet her beautiful personality has continued to shine through. She’d been unable to eat, weak, and slowly becoming weaker – but she’s continued to joke, tease, and even when she lost the ability to speak, her beautiful smile is evident.
Granny was raised by an alcoholic who didn’t attend church, but granny became a Christian at a tent revival when she was sixteen years old. Years later, when the youngest of her six was three years old, her husband died of cancer – leaving her to raise 6 chlidren by herself.
Her life has been a constant example of character building – and God’s guidance. It reminds me of this verse.
Not only so, but we[a] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
So – as I think of my granny, where she is and where she’s going someday, I do feel hope. The hope I’ve seen in her eyes ever since I can remember. Hope in the goodness of the Lord. His faithfulness. And his promises.
How do you build your character’s character from page one to the end? Suffering (Conflict), Perseverance (motivation), equals character.