Character’s code of professional conduct
Character is the inherent complex of attributes that determines a person’s moral and ethical actions and reactions.(1) It also speaks to me of moral rectitude. And rectitude is defined as righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest.
I have lived long enough to observe the outworking of lives lived with or without character.
Now please do not misunderstand me. Bad things still happen to good people. But there are those whom I have, in the past, perceived as being the possessors of a flawed character, who are now either dead, destroyed, imprisoned, or are currently under-performing in respect to their full potential. I do not stand in judgment. I simply observe.
Those whom I viewed as having strong moral character, on the other hand, no matter what life has thrown at them, have gone on from strength to strength, and continue to grow stronger, in both character and influence, with each passing year.
Those who live their lives by a moral and ethical code, for an extended period of time, and I’m speaking of decades here, will reap the crops resulting from the good seed that they have continued to sow throughout the years.
Those who choose to sow wild oats, as it were, are twenty to thirty years down the track having to deal with the ‘weed’ ramifications that have arisen from those earlier plantings, many of which were planted while they were yet youths.
I learnt in science at school that for every action there is a corresponding reaction. I read in the Bible that what we sow we will reap. These are laws. And by our co-operation, or lack of compliance to these laws – our futures are determined.
So the important thing is this – that we embark on character’s code of conduct as early as possible in our life – so that we can begin to enjoy the fruits of a long life that is defined by righteousness, morality, honesty and honour. And add to that list blessing