Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Test of Character
"...the crisis doesn't create one's character it reveals it."--Lynn G. Robbins. Guess what the first thing was when I heard this quote given on Sunday on tithing? I thought writing! I was so impressed by it I pulled out my program and jotted it down. Wow. Isn't it powerful? How does your character react to crisis? Does she wilt? Does he flee? Does he become stronger? Does she hold fast? Does she weep? I would be remiss to continue on without mentioning how the quote really fits. There is an article in the 2005, May Ensign about paying tithing. Tithing is for the rich as much as it is for the poor. It is not unkind of our Heavenly Father--or leaders of the church--to expect that out of us even with our economic crisis! In fact, do you remember the story of the widow's mite? She gave her all. I ask myself, how can I not? With all the blessings the Lord has so generously bestowed upon me? Giving the Lord ten percent of our earnings will bless us beyond measure. Here is the quote again: "...the crisis doesn't create one's character it reveals it."--Lynn G. Robbins.
Bearing this in mind, what strengths will a crisis bring out in you? Or perhaps even weaknesses? Will you panic or crumble or weaken? Will you be calm, hold tight, and stand firm?
I know one thing is for sure, the closer to the Lord you are, the stronger you will stand during the crisis--I promise.