by Tony Nester

Sources of Security: Character
Tony R. Nester
Psalms 1

I heard about a sales manager who was standing in front of a map on which he had placed a colored pin for each sales representative in the company and their territory. He turned to one salesman whose sales numbers weren't meeting up to his expectations and said, "I'm not going to fire you, Cartwright, but just to emphasize the insecurity of your position, I'm loosening your pin a little."

Well, life has a way of loosening our pin on whatever maps of success and happiness we've drawn for ourselves. We're fooling ourselves if we think have final control over our life, our salvation, or our destiny. Security won't be found in gaining more control over our lives or other people. Security has to be found somewhere else, or we'll never find it.

The Bible tells us that one of the places where we can properly build a sense of security is in our character.

That's the message of today's Scripture: Psalm 1. Psalm 1 describes two kinds of people -- those who are happy and blessed, and those who are wicked and perishing. The difference between these two kinds of people is their character.

John Wooden, former basketball coach at UCLA, explained the meaning of character this way: Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

Psalm 1 describes two different pathways. There is the pathway that leads to personal integration and fulfillment -- this path is marked by the law of God. Then there is the pathway that leads to disintegration and destruction -- this path is the called "the way of the wicked". It is the path of wicked advice, sinful behavior, and a dismissive attitude toward God's will for our lives. Each path produces its own kind of character in the people who walk in its way.

Psalm 1 insists that we can't lie to God about our character. God knows the difference ...

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