By Christopher Simon
The Importance of Character
“Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.”
~ Proverbs 28:6 ESV
David Brooks’ recent bestseller The Road to Character makes a compelling case for the importance of character in our lives. He draws a distinction between what he calls the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues.
The résumé virtues are our accomplishments and competencies which help us gain employment while the eulogy virtues are those things which have most to do with our character. Are we kind, honest, or brave, and do we form loving and lasting relationships? Do we spend as much time cultivating our character as we do our work skills and educational credentials?
His book is a powerful and moving exhortation to spend more time and effort working on our characters. We will probably be remembered more for our character (or lack thereof) than for the skills and accomplishments listed on our résumés.
Reflect on what you can do this year to improve your character.