Earlier today, University of Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant suspended three starters. He had earlier in the week suspended another starter. With four top players suspended, Alabama took on Louisiana State University in a conference matchup. This post isn't about basketball.
Coach Grant, in his comments about the suspension, made a great observation. Grant said, "Talent is a gift, but character is a choice". Wow! Talent is a gift. There are many types of gifts possessed by many different people. Those gifts cover a wide array of fields from athletics to music and academics to art. Each of these gifted people have to work at their gift to refine and improve its power. Talent can be squandered or improved upon and used for great good.
Character is a matter of choice. Doing right things for right reasons is a choice that has to be made over and over again. I don't want to suggest those four young men from the Alabama basketball team aren't good guys, but they have let their character suffer because of choice.
It is a parallel walk when it comes to our faith walk. We constantly have to make choices. We have to choose to choose. It is so pivotal for our witness as Kingdom people to stay the course of character (Godly) in our choices. It isn't a matter of being perfect nor sinless, but rather seeking to sin less. In some ways, the choices we make are based off of choices we have already chosen.
The Biblical character Joseph had many talents. He was a handsome and well built young man. Mrs. Potiphar liked what she saw and invited him to display his hidden talents. He had already made a choice towards Godly character long before the challenge was issued. He lived out the previous choice of honoring God. Character was a choice. He chose wisely!