Catching Character

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how someone grows their character. The question I’ve been asking is: How does one go from someone whose character allows them to lie, steal, cheat, etc. to someone whose character no longer allows them to do those things? 

If you would have asked me that a few months ago, I would have simply told you that in order to grow your character, you need to accept Christ into your life and start pursuing a relationship with God. In that pursuit, God will grow your character. He will start to shape and mold you into a Godly man or woman.

While that is absolutely true, I want to dig a bit deeper into how that actually happens. In my interview with Gerald Brooks, I asked him, “How does someone grow their character?” He said, “Just as leadership is more caught than taught, character is more caught than taught. You need to get around people who have Godly character that you can catch their character.”

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When he said that a light bulb went off in my head. If someone’s character allows them to lie, cheat, steal, etc. it’s probably because they are surrounded by people whose character allows them to lie, cheat, and steal. 

Therefore, if we want to grow our character, we need to get around people whose character we want to have.

As I look back on my journey, as someone who used to lie, cheat, steal, etc. I realized that one of the main ways God helped me grow out of that was by surrounding me with men and women whose character I wanted to emulate. 

Those men and women modeled for me what Godly character looked like. The more time I spent with them, the more time I found myself catching their character.  As I caught their character, my old patterns of thinking and acting all changed.

In I Corinthians 4:15-16, Paul said this, “For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you. So I urge you to imitate me.”

I believe that we all need Paul’s in our life. Mentors that we can look up to and imitate so we can grow into the men and women God created us to be.

If you want to be a man or woman of Godly character, start surrounding yourself with men and women of Godly character and watch what happens.


  • Look around at all the people who are involved with your life, do they have the character that you want to emulate? If not, perhaps you need to start surrounding yourself with people whose character you do.
  • Who is the person or people who you want to be like? Find a way to spend time with them. Learn how they think and act in everything they do. Imitate them until you’re able to adopt their values as your own.

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