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Be Your Best - Model and Grow in Character

An Attitude Boost Series Article


By Bruce Witt

Being your best was one lesson I learned back in college at Montana State University. I studied mechanical engineering at one of the best schools in the northwest U.S.A. It was rigorous and difficult. I remember many all-nighters studying and always working at the library. I was part of a small group of guys that worked and studied together in order to help each other.

Many times, I would take tests thinking I did poorly only to discover I finished at or near the top. My buddies were at perplexed and frustrated that I did as well or better than they did, because when we were studying, they knew the principles, but I seemed to be a little off. In the end, I graduated number one in my class. I say this not bragging, because I really did not know the principles of engineering, yet I could take tests and get the high grades. My fellow classmates knew the engineering and loved it.

They went on to very successful careers in engineering and I went into sales. I did very well in sales but not engineering. This experience taught me that a person can be the best at something (be number one) and still not do their best (understand).

Being Your Best is the Picture of Godly Character

Here’s how being our best translates into a picture of Godly character everyday:

  1. Character comes from the inside out. The foundation of character is Christ being revealed through our humility and brokenness. From this view we can take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, one where God reproduces His character in you. We exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint” (Romans 5:2-5).
  1. Character is developed during difficulties. It is through our surrender and perseverance that the humility necessary to serve others is produced. “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).
  1. The Lord prunes us that we might bear more fruit. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit” (John 15:2).
  1. A broken person displays an inspiring humility, which demonstrates a compelling modesty. It is never boastful. Broken people don’t talk about themselves; they shine the light on others. It is about “we and us,” not “I, me, and my.” A humble character acts with quiet, calm determination and relies principally on the inspiration of Christ, not the inspiration of charisma, to motivate. Humility brings about integrity.
  1. God is more interested in who we are than in what we do. Character takes center stage in determining the suitability of a person for spiritual maturity. It is an example for others to follow. The individuals in Scripture who served as leaders but eventually became disqualified for their responsibilities lost their privileged position not because of incompetence but because of rotten character.
  1. People are not impressed by facades or manipulation, but by authenticity and by those who are genuinely others-centered. Character is not a matter of outward technique but of inner reality. God is concerned with what you are really like when no one else is looking.

Character in Action

When character is in action it is really a picture of our “being” with all of the following attributes:

- Be humble

- Be a team player

- Be driven

- Be curious

- Be positive

- Be resilient

- Be there

- Be transparent

- Be open minded

- Be a relationship builder

- Be positive

- Be an encourager

- Be authentic

- Be of value to others

- Be generous in time, talent, and treasure

- Be consistent in emotions, actions, decisions, and motivations


(This article was taken from the book, The Power of Attitude. Purchase your copy in the Leadership Freedom Store or Amazon.com)

The Power of Attitude 

Life is full of ups and downs, encouragements and challenges, and the one thing that will help us not only survive but thrive is our attitude. The Power of Attitude will help you impact your personal world and extend your influence to the entire world. By learning the eight attitudes that frame your life journey, the Lord can radically change and make a lasting difference in your purpose and outlook.

Purchase a copy in the Online Store or Amazon.com