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How Service to the Church and Community Strengthens Character

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First, let us examine the word Character. Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines character as "The attributes and features that make up and distinguish the individual," "The mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person or group," and "notable and conspicuous traits of a person." In other words, Character has to do with the very nature of whom and person is just what he or she truly stands for.

The church, along with one's parents and guardians can help to develop high moral standards and principles. The church teaches "to love one another," so one can learn to be caring, respectful and tolerant of others regardless of their age, race, or station in life. The church teaches also to "Let your light shine before men that they may see your God works and glorify your father which is heaven." There is one verse that I have come to live by, that reflects part of my character:

"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." 1 Corinthians 13:11

As for me, I often serve as an usher in my church, the Ebenezer Baptist Church. This means that I am often the first point of contact with a worshipper. This has taught me to be gracious and welcoming, helpful in directing him or her to a seat, and be available for assistance for assistance whenever needed.

As a young boy, it was instilled in me to be patient and kind to the elderly. In my community, I help older people cross the street, help them with their groceries, help them in and out or cars, open doors for them and run errands for them.

In closing, I support the statement that service to the church and community strengthens character.



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