Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Daily Thought: Intentional Character Development

"But these character strengths don't happen all in a rush.  You have to work at them.  Character is a slowly forming thing.  You can no more force character on someone than you can force a tree to produce fruit when it isn't ready to do so.  The person has to choose, again and again, to develop the moral muscles and skills which will shape and form the fully flourishing character.  And so, just as a long, steady program of physical training will enable you to do all kinds of things—run in a marathon, walk thirty miles in a day, lift heavy objects—which you would previously never have thought possible, so the long, steady program of working on the character strengths, the virtues, will enable you to live in a way you would never have thought possible, avoiding moral traps and pitfall and exhibiting a genuine, flourishing human life." ~ N. T. Wright, After You Believe, p. 35

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