The True Test of Character

The True Test of Character

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln

Character has been defined in many ways, BusyCoach. One of my favorites is “the will to do what’s right even when it’s hard” (Andy Stanley).

Oftentimes we think the strongest test of our character comes with adversity—losing streaks, injuries, team drama. Yet, perhaps how we use our power is the ultimate test.

You’ve been given power, BusyCoach. Power to influence the athletes entrusted to you in ways that help shape their entire lives. Power to encourage or tear down. Power to determine who plays and who sits.

The manner in which you wield that power is a window into your character, exposing integrity or dishonesty, humility or arrogance, compassion or cruelty.

What do you see when you peer through that window today?

Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

Colossians 4:1