May 8, 2012


Brian and I always joke about his “character-building” jobs—working at a dog kennel, mowing lawns, applying decals to large trucks, and the list goes on and on. We joke not because those jobs weren’t valuable, but rather because it’s almost comical how simple and seemingly lowly work actually helped Brian become someone of such upstanding and respectable character.

I, too, have had some of those experiences (including being a hostess at a steakhouse in high school to pay for a fender bender I got into—comical now also because I’m a vegetarian!). While I hated most of those character-building opportunities in my past, I’m beyond thankful for what they produced in me. Compassion. Empathy. Acceptance. Gratitude. Kindness. Love without condition.

Our character impacts how we interact with the rest of the world: Will we be women who believe we’re the center of it all, or those who choose to be kind and loving to others who can’t necessarily help us get higher up the corporate ladder or social scene? Good character makes us more Christ-like women, and true world-changers. It’s those small but positive interactions with people that produce some of the biggest change for good.

What have been some of your character-building experiences? How have they impacted who you are today?

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  • Reply Adele May 9, 2012 at 4:12 am

    This is not really high minded but here’s my experience in character building work:
    Sometimes I regret choosing nursing, but after you’ve cleaned up unmentionable substances at 2 o’clock in the morning nothing else ever seems really hard again! So, there’s that!

    • Reply Natalie Lynn Borton May 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Amen! That is so true. Glad you can see the silver lining–I have no doubt you are someone of excellent character!!

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