Thursday, January 26, 2017

MVCS Character Traits with 5th Grade Quotes written each morning.

MVCS - Character Traits with Fifth Grade Quotes

1. Character traits were reinforced with Scriptures and illustrative stories each day for the week.
2. I gave a quote each day and had a collection before I sorted them by character traits.  The next step would have been to put them in an order that had a progression of thought.
3. The original list came to Mingo with Carl Laws.  I added the trait of "respect" to replace "tolerance."  Tolerance was often misunderstood and is mostly contained in the concept of respect.
4.  I assume that the current list has a few changes.

Obedience - doing what you are told with a happy submissive spirit
•       He who will not answer to the rudder must answer to the rocks.
•       It is a sin to do less than your best.
•       Character is much easier to keep than recover.
•       Character is a man’s best capital.
•       Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.  ----Douglas Bader

Attentiveness - listening with ears, eyes and heart
•       It is no advantage to be near the light if you keep your eyes closed.
•       It’s better to be saved by the lighthouse than the lifeboat.
•       The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.
•       The greatest of all faults is to be aware of none.
•       Attentiveness is more than listening.

Manners - behaving in a polite way
•       Show courtesy to others, not because they are ladies or gentlemen, but because you are.
•       Your young only once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.
•       Pigs don’t pray.
•       Every tree is known by its fruit.
•       Talk like Robin Hood when you can shoot like him.

Self Control - doing something even when I don't feel like it
•       Our chief want in life is someone who will make us do what we can.
•       Everyone knows how to keep their mouth shut, but few know when.
•       Ignorance is bold, knowledge reserved.
•       If you don’t want the fruits of sin, stay out of the orchard.
•       “Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character.” –Calvin Coolidge
•       “Prudent, cautious self-control is wisdom’s root.” –Robert Burns
•       “Self-help and self-control are the essence of the American tradition.” _Theodore Roosevelt
•       “A man of self-control becomes the master.” –Sam Veda

Tenderheartedness - strong enough to feel the joys & hurts of others
•       There’s nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.
•       Conceit is a weird disease. It makes everybody sick except the one who has it.
•       The most important things in life aren’t things.
•       Let a man talk about himself, and he will think you are mighty interesting.
•       Handle words carefully, they have more power than atom bombs.

Honesty - truthful words and ways
•       Stretch the truth, and it will fly back to bite you.
•       Lying brings rest only when it’s done in bed.
•       The Devil has many tools and the lie is the handle that fits them all.
•       Exaggeration is the first cousin to lying.
•       Nobody can repeat what is not said.
•       You can steal the chief’s horn, but where will you blow it?

 Love - meeting another's needs unselfishly
•       Love doesn’t make the world go around, but it makes the ride worthwhile.
•       A little Christ like love will save a lot of friction.
•       Charity begins at home.
•       Between the great things we can’t do and the little things we won’t do, the danger is that we shall do nothing.
•       Christ is the reoccurring theme in the symphony of the Scriptures.

 Orderliness - everything in its place
•       Most failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
•       Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.
•       The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.
•       Hell is full of good intentions.
•       Too many people scratch for what they want, but are too lazy to scratch for it.

 Forgiveness - treating someone as though he never hurt me
•       The old law about an “eye for an eye” leaves everybody blind.
•       Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.
•       God loves His children, not because of who we are, but because of who we are.
•       Some people find fault like there is a reward for it.
•       He who does not pray when the sun shines will not know how when the clouds roll in.

Loyalty - supporting someone even when the going gets tough
•       When faithfulness is most difficult, it is most necessary.
•       Be nice to your friends. If it weren’t for them you would be a total stranger.
•       He who has nothing worth dieing for has nothing worth living for.
•       A friend is a person who knows all about you and still likes you.
•       Keep your tongue and keep your friend.

Faith - believing God will do what he says
•       The faith that fizzles before the finish had a flaw from the first.
•       Where God guides He provides.
•       Worriers spend a lot of time shoveling smoke.
•       Faith is saying amen to God.
•       Faith bears fruit.

Joyfulness - being happy inside and out
•       A smile will increase your face value.
•       Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy, you must have someone to share it with.
•       Optimism is a cheerful frame of mind that enables a teakettle to sing even though it is in hot water.
•       Let a man talk about himself and he will thing you are mighty interesting.
•       Losers whine; winners train.

Thankfulness - being grateful and saying so
•       Even thought we cannot have all we want, we ought to be thankful we do not get what we deserve.
•       The only way to see a rainbow is to have a storm.
•       If you are all wrapped up in yourself, you are overdressed.
•       One kind word can warm three winter months.

Courage - doing what has to be done no matter how scared you are
•       The greatness of our fears shows the littleness of our faith.
•       When the outlook is bad, try the up look.
•       When you’re through changing, you’re through.
•       If you cannot win, bake the one ahead of you break the record.
•       It’s not what they call you.  It’s what you answer to.

Diligence - working hard to accomplish a task
•       Great opportunities come to those who make the most of little ones.
•       Success is a ladder that cannot be climbed with our hands in your pockets.
•       Success is dependent on upon the glands—the sweat glands.
•       It’s not pull that makes the difference in life; it’s push.
•       The lazier a man is, the more he intends to do tomorrow.

Purity - keeping sin out
•       Putting God first brings satisfaction that lasts.
•       A guilty conscience needs no accusing.
•       In the multitude of words, sin is not lacking.
•       Sin will keep you from the Bible, or the Bible will keep you from sin.
•       If you don’t touch the rope, you won’t ring the bell.

Generosity - sharing what I have with a happy spirit
•       When your heart is converted, your purse will be inverted.
•       The greatest good we can do for others is not just to share our riches with them, but reveal theirs.
•       Blessed are those who can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.
•       You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.
•       We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.  ----------W. Churchill

Thriftiness - wise use of what I have
•       It’s hard to pay for bread that has been eaten
•       It’s not what you’d do with a million if riches should be your lot, but what you’re doing now with the dollar you’ve got.
•       Buy not silk when you owe for milk.
•       We can best guard against losing our shirts by keeping our sleeves rolled up.
•       Weed your own garden first.

Dedication - to become committed to something as a goal or way of life
•       First we make our habits; then our habits make us.
•       When you’re average, you’re just as near the bottom as the top.
•       What a man is depends largely on what he does when he has nothing to do.
•       The everyday Christian has a seven to one advantage over the Sunday practitioner.
•       Fame is not found on feather beds.

 Discernment - able to see things as they really are
•       Fool me once; shame on you.  Fool me twice; shame on me.
•       The consideration of the end will reconcile us to the difficulties and discouragements of the way.
•       Forbidden fruit makes for a bad jam.
•       Sin will take you farther than you want to go and cost more than you want to pay.
•       The wolf offered to watch the flock for nothing.
•       Birds of a feather flock together.
•       Fool me once: shame on you.  Fool me twice: shame on me.

 Determination - finishing your job no matter what the obstacles
•       The path of least resistance makes men and rivers crooked.
•       Everything looks impossible to people who never try.
•       The difference between history’s boldest accomplishments and its greatest failures is often, simply, the determined will to persevere.
•       The drummer boy who never learned to beat a retreat won a lot of battles.
•       Boys who try hard grow up to be men who are hard to beat.

 Patience - waiting with a happy spirit
•       God has a prepared place for a prepared person.
•       Rome was not built in a day.
•       All things are difficult before they are easy.
•       Failure is never final.
•       In clam seas we are all good sailors.

 Initiative - making the first move without being asked
•       The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
•       Attempt great things for God. Expect great things from God.
•       Where you go from here is entirely up to you.
•       Too many people quit looking for work when they get a job.
•       The wagons follow the ruts.

Godliness - putting God first
•       What you laugh at tells about what you are.
•       He who is born of God will resemble his Father.
•       Don’t’ pretend to be what you don’t intend to be.
•       The man who practices what he preaches is generally known for short, simple sermons.
•       Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all.  -----Augustine
•       Reputation is what men say you are. Character is what we are before God.

Creativity - doing something in a new way
•       Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
•       Necessity is the mother of invention.
•       Change starts when someone sees the next step.
•       Laughter translates into any language.

Sharing - giving what I have to others
•       The got to be man’s best friend by wagging his tail not his tongue.
•       One Bible stored in your mind is worth a dozen on the shelf.
•       Our main business in this world is to secure an interest in the next.

Promptness - being on time
•       Nothing makes a person more productive than the last minute.
•       Lost time in never found again.
•       People count the faults of those who make them wait.
•       Five minutes in a crisis is worth years.
•       God is seldom early, but never late.

Fairness - treating others equally
•       The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.
•       Seek not every quality in one individual.
•       There is absolutely no commission on the sell you almost make.
•       A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.
•       It is better to deserve praise than to receive it.

Meekness - patience without anger
•       If we must disagree, let us not be disagreeable.
•       When a man’s temper gets the best of him, it reveals the worst in him.
•       Anger is one word short of danger.
•       Bible verses will save you from spiritual reverses.

Responsibility - doing what I know I ought to do
•       The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
•       He who kicks up a storm should expect rough sailing.
•       Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a manner of choice.
•       It is easier to build a boy than mend a man.
•       We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.

Wisdom - thinking God's way
•       It’s better to keep your mouth shut and have people wonder if you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
•       “Lord, teach us to number our days that we might apply our hearts to wisdom.”
•       Nobody gets wise by chance.
•       He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot loose.
•       You can steal the chief’s horn, but where will you blow it?
•       He who asks a question may seem to be a fool for five minutes, but he who never asks a question remains a fool forever.

Respect - reverencing God by showing the proper esteem and regard for others.
•       Question authority, but first raise your hand.
•       If you are all wrapped up in yourself, you are overdressed.
•       One can easily pick a wise man by the things he doesn’t say.
•       Nothing is a difficult to gracefully as getting down off your high horse.
•       Is it progress when a cannibal uses a knife and fork?
•       He who has no battles will have no victories.

Serving (helping) - meeting the needs of others by the things I do
•       Most people’s idea of service is “serve us.”
•       If thou wilt spin, God will find thee yarn.
•       When you row the other guy across the stream, you get there yourself.
•       Loving-kindness has converted more sinners than eloquence or learning.
•       Hit the ball over the fence and you can take your time going around the bases.

Contentment - happy with what I have
•       A shortcut is often the quickest way to somewhere you weren’t going.
•       Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and cheerfully take what God chooses to send.
•       God can make a great finish out of a slow start.
•       A good violinist is the one who has the ability to play first chair and willingness to play second.
•       Enough is as good as a cartload.