You’ve probably heard it before said, “The Writing’s On The Wall!” It is spoken as a portent of doom or misfortune. But do you know where this saying comes from? Most people do not.
It comes from a Bible story in Daniel 5. It is very much a prophecy of doom. The writing on the wall foretold of the King of Babylon’s imminent demise and the rise of the Persian Empire… what is known today as Iran.
One of the words on the wall was, “Tekel”. It means, “You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.” It’s not exactly the sort of thing you’d like to wake up and find on your wall in the middle of the night, is it?
It all boils down to the nuts and bolts of having a balanced character. It’s a noble aspiration to desire a well-balanced character.
Being a little out of balance is not really a good thing.
Does character matter anymore or not?
If you are an actor, entertainer, or a rock & roll musician, there is a good chance your adoring public doesn’t care if you are a little out of balance or not.
However, if you are politician, an employer, a teacher, a community leader, a mother, a father, a sister, a brother, a husband, a wife; or someone’s best friend, there is a good chance we prefer you are not a little out of balance.
The fundamental question to ask is not, “are we out of balance?” It is rather, “what areas are we out of balance, and what can we do to improve?”
If you are making new friends, choosing a life partner, or in any way involved in assessing your relationship to some other person, having the tools handy to help you discover the area they are a little out of balance are of tremendous value. It is wise and helpful to know about the character of other people before you make a commitment to them. Anything short of that can be disastrous.
Having a balanced character, in fact, matters a great deal.
Every single genuine character quality has a counterfeit, and every single counterfeit can be traced back to its genuine quality. Learn these! They are the key to self-discovery and self-empowerment.
Learn how to spot these in others. It is the first step in making wise choices in all your relationships.