A Christian Character ABCs

by Joy Marie Dunlap
A is for alertness, being careful to see
     Things which could hurt others, and which might tempt me.
B is for benevolence when the things that I do
     Are for the good of others, and to God's Word I'm true.
C is for courage to do what is right,
     When in trials we walk by faith, not by sight.
D is for diligence, when I work with a will,
     And if the job is not done yet, I keep working still.
E is for endurance, with my eyes fixed on Him,
     And the joy set before me, my resolve must never dim.
F is for faithfulness, when I do heartily
     All the good in my power, which God has for me.
G is for gratefulness, not forgetting the ways,
     In which God has done good to me all of my days.
H is for honesty, saying only what is true,
     And not deceiving by the things that I do.
I is for integrity, when people can see,
     Because my heart is sincere, that they can trust me.
J is for joy, that contentment of heart,
     That comes from obeying and doing my part.
K is for kindness, when we are careful to treat,
     As well-loved by our Father, all those whom we meet.
L is for love, when I'm patient and kind,
     And do my best good for others each chance that I find.
M is for meekness when I take last place,
     When I'd rather honor others than save my own face.
N is for neatness, keeping all that is mine,
     From being a distraction and taking people's time.
O is for obedience, when Jesus is Lord,
     And my life is all His, I obey all His Word.
P is for patience, when I'm willing to wait,
     Because I have faith that God's timing's not late.
Q is for quietness when my heart is at peace,
     It comes when my own wants and plans I release.
R is for resourcefulness, when I creatively use
     What God has given me, contentment I choose.
S is for sincerity, when people can see,
     That my motives are pure; I'm not living for me.
T is for temperance, when my senses don't reign,
     As I enjoy in moderation God's blessings and gain.
U is for unity, when God's heart we share,
     We serve Him together and each other's burdens bear.
V is for virtue when my life is a light,
     Because obeying God's Word is my chief delight.
W is for wisdom, seeing things through God's eyes,
     When I study God's Word, that's how I become wise.
X is for excellence in all that I do,
     As unto the Lord, His own plans to pursue.
Y is for yielding to God's perfect will,
     Giving up all my own plans, His plans to fulfill.
Z is for zeal, sincere eagerness to
     Make life count for God's kingdom in all that I do.

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