Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Proven Character
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 (NAS)
The word, 'character,' has more than 27 definitions in

For actors, 'character' is a part or a role they play. The often-quoted question from method actors to directors is this one: 'What's my motivation?'

Truly, this pivotal question is a dividing point for life as we know it. Its answer defines every choice we make. It draws our destiny.

For Christians, 'character' is their honesty, integrity, or reputation. 'Proven character' is showing God's grace under pressure, His courage under fire. In the military, proven character brings promotion and medals. In God's army, it brings hope and fulfillment.

Christian actors must prove their characters on stage to advance their careers. They must prove them off stage to advance the Kingdom of God.

How? Tribulation. Losing the audition. Being mocked, overlooked, or scammed. Facing financial challenges, dream haters, or agents who tell them to forget it. Resisting temptations to sell out or go home.

When faced with trials, they dig deeper. When they ask again, 'what's my motivation,' they remember Him. They remember their mission; they remember His mission, and they persevere. Thereby, they prove His character, and in proving His to others, they prove their own as well.

Hope does not disappoint. Winning it all is just a matter of time.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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