I recently found this great little chart titled, ‘Operational Definitions of Character Qualities’, over here thanks to the Duggar family! It was a small 8.5 x 11 inch file so I redesigned it a bit and made it into an 18 x 24 inch poster. I really wanted to hang it up somewhere where I could be constantly reminded of the right character qualities, verses the ones that I naturally lean towards.
I read about this chart in Michelle Duggars’ book, ‘A Love That Multiplies‘. I used to be a fan of the show, but now that we don’t have cable (and haven’t for the last 3 years or so) it’s hard to catch an episode! I do look them up from time-to-time to see what’s new. They also have tons of great resources on their website for Christian families.
Originally, I ended up hanging this poster in the bathroom at our office! I thought it would be a good spot for people to take a moment to be influenced by Scripture in privacy. Now, I plan to hang it in our schoolroom at home. I love how Michelle Duggar explains that they take a week (or a month, I don’t remember) and concentrate on one character quality at a time. This is so valuable, because there are so many! Taking a period of time to reflect on that trait and memorize the accompanying Scripture verse will truly change your life (as Scripture often does). Unfortunately I cannot say that I have done this recently, but I hope that hanging it up at home will encourage us.
“…it’s only in the realization of our sin that we know we need a Savior. The Scripture reminds us that we cannot do this on our own, and that the Lord is gracious and happy to help through His Word.”
I just love how this chart not only points out the appropriate qualities that we are to focus on, but it also contrasts them with inappropriate qualities. Sometimes it’s easy to say, “Oh yea, I need to have self-control here”, but to realize that in not having self-control I’m practicing self-indulgence… now that brings my sin to light! And it’s only in the realization of our sin that we know we need a Savior. The Scripture reminds us that we cannot do this on our own, and that the Lord is gracious and happy to help through His Word.