We’ve all said it at some point, right?
“That single moment defined him as a person…”
“No one knew she had it in her until that one day…”
But the truth is that somewhere deep down, we all know those are really sweet and kind and romanticized lies.
They’re like the “wait 30 minutes before swimming” rule of character development.
Character is not made in one big moment; it is revealed.
If you push someone out of the way of a train and die in the process…
If you refuse to give up in an unrelenting fight with cancer…
If you remain faithful in a tough marriage, praying that God will soften hearts…
One moment didn’t make you who you are; one thousand moments formed you over time.
If you die in an act of heroism, we won’t say at your funeral that that one event made you who you were. We will share memories from your whole life that reveal you were just that great all along the way.
You don’t have to wait to be awesome tomorrow by saving a bunch of kids from a burning orphanage.
You can be awesome today by making a handful of decisions to be a person of integrity.
And maybe the little decisions of refusing to fail today will prepare you for a big moment in which you succeed tomorrow.