Talent is a gift, but character is a choice. John Maxwell

Walking in God’s Favor:  God-loyal people, living honest lives,
make it much easier for their children. Proverbs 20:7 MSG

What You See Is What You Get

Just like the 70′s R&B group The Dramatics sang in one of their many hit songs; What You See is What You Get. Through the power of the Holy Spirt you must be committed to being a person of integrity. You must become a “What You See Is What You Get” person.

I heard one spiritual leader Pastor Benjamin Jones say “Your career ends when you die, but your character goes on for eternity”. Gods truly wants to develop your character. He sent his son Jesus Christ to be your earthly example.

It Takes Everything

Faithful stewards are people of integrity. They follow through with what they say they’re going to do. Faithful stewards are people whose word is their bond. Faithful stewards are good examples and good leaders. They are an extremely positive witness to those who are in their circle of influence.

How you spend and relate to money has more to say about your character than anything else. Have you ever spent money you don’t have, for something you don’t need,  to impress people you don’t know? Many times money will reveal our inner selves; our true hearts.

Honest Hearts Produces Honest Actions

You are either a faithful steward or a unfaithful steward; a good example or a poor example. There is no in between. I clearly remember speaking at a Community  Financial Empowerment Session for a church on the topic of stewardship. When I completed my presentation I sat down next to Ardella and whispered “How did I do honey?

Ardella looked dead to my eyes and asked, “Why are you talking about something you are not doing yourself?” Ouch! Yeah that hurts, but I made up my mind that day not to stand in front of people and talk about something I was not practicing in my own life. That I would be a husband, father, grandfather and business man of integrity.

When Jesus Christ returned to heaven to be with his father, he sent you a Comforter to empower you to overcome selfishness, lust, greed, deceitfulness, and covetousness so you can walk in His love, freedom and favor. You can be a person of integrity.

Prayer of Blessing: Lord help us to live authentically.

Michael J. Vance is the co-host of aSOW65 weekly podcast Better Husband Father Man a hub for all things parenting, marriage, and self-improvement. He is a senior account executive  with Hundley Batts & Associates  Insurance Agency and the co-founder & of Stewardshipofwealth.com  Ardella Vance volunteers her time, talents, and financial resources to causes she is passionate about. She is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the Pathfinders  Club, a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people.  The Vance’s have been married well over 30 years and share their lives with four adult children and eight exceptional grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog from their workbook  ”Stewardship of Wealth”.

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