Tuesday, April 1, 2008

"Virtues are what's good about us."... Janis, age 6

The Virtues Project Educator's Guide: Simple Ways to Create a Culture of Character

assertiveness; caring; cleanliness; commitment; compassion; confidence; consideration; cooperation; courage; courtesy; creativity; detachment; determination; diligence; enthusiasm; excellence; flexibility; forgiveness; friendliness; generosity; gentleness; helpfulness; honesty; honor; humility; idealism; integrity; joyfulness; justice; kindness; love; loyalty; moderation; modesty; orderliness; patience; peacefulness; perseverance; purposefulness; reliability; respect; responsibility; self-discipline; service; tact; thankfulness;
tolerance; trust; trustworthiness; truthfulness; understanding; unity...

I recently read on my favorite online bulletin board, (mitfordbooks.com) the question, “What is the most overrated virtue?” I sat a minute just contemplating the meaning of the question. I honestly couldn’t think of an overrated virtue. I looked online and found the list that I’ve copied and pasted above. In looking it over, I now KNOW that there are NO overrated virtues. I can think of a lot of underrated virtues … underrated by society in 2008 but as for me as a Christian, none of the virtue listed can be overrated.

Living a Christian life and seeking to serve Christ with my life so that others can see Him through me, I want to have and stand for the virtues listed above. However, I especially want to exhibit those virtues found in Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

Living my life for Jesus Christ and striving to be more like Him everyday, is and will be my ultimate goal in this life and that certainly can't be overrated.