People can lose their health, their money, their social standing, and even their friends through no fault of their own. But when they lose the best within themselves — truth, honor, integrity, principles — then they have lost the best themselves. These virtues are never taken, but always surrendered. What happens then to self-respect?
“until we attain…the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” is what the Apostle Paul states as our ultimate goal. We should say to ourselves, “That is what I am to reach for.” ”That is who I want to be.” This is the vision of our future which we should cherish above all others. What an unimaginable joy such a hope brings to us. To know that we have such a capacity can lead us to be nothing less than “as Christ” to those around us in life.
Cherish this thought, and use it to grow into its fulfillment each day.