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Desirable qualities that money can't buy - James C. Bell

Everything today seems to cost a great deal, and prices continue to rise, but there are sterling qualities that cannot be bought at any price.

A Positive Attitude serves one well from youth throughout life, and it must be taught by parents and other teachers beginning at an early age. Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it."

When our children were very young, we spent lots of time reading good books to them. We laughed a lot at stories we told them, we played games with them and spent quality time with them. I recall reading a book to them entitled, "The Little Engine That Could." There was a steep hill the train, loaded with passengers and freight, had to climb to reach its destination. All the other engines tried to pull the hill, but failed because they were afraid and thought they couldn't make it. The little engine thought he could, and when his time came, he pulled very hard up the steep hill, saying "I think I can! I think I can! And he did! He had a positive attitude.

Integrity is a most desired quality that must be earned by doing the right things in one's life. Although it comes with a very high cost, it cannot be bought at any price. This attribute includes honesty, sincerity and faithfulness, as well as truthfulness, loyalty and dependability.

We are not born with integrity; we must learn how to live our lives in a manner which will allow us to achieve it. I think knowing and following the greatest commandment which Jesus Christ gave us will enable us to have integrity. It is found in Matthew 22: 37, 38, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment and the second is like it, love your neighbor as your self."

Having a good name is important for one to achieve. This can only be done by one being very careful to follow a strict code of ethics in his life and the golden rule given in the Bible; "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Yes, this is a life that is very difficult to live, but most rewarding.

Salvation is a quality of life that is a gift of God, paid for by Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. It, too, cannot be bought, earned or deserved, and many blessings come to the one who has the faith to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. St. Paul said in Romans 10: 9&10, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead you will be saved."

God gives us a choice, we can either believe in Him and put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ and have a blessed life, or we can choose to ignore God and live lives any way we see fit, as we want. The big problem with this choice is that those who reject Christ are lost spiritually and bound for Hell and eternal damnation. Please consider your choice carefully and make the right one!

These qualities are difficult to achieve, but not impossible. I know many men and women who are dedicated Christians and live their lives in a manner pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember, all things are possible through Christ who is our strength and redeemer. Praise the Lord!

Amen.