A Fence or an Ambulance

This is one of the most powerful character-based training videos I have ever seen. Produced by the Character Training Institute, this heart-warming instructional video uses an elementary school project to emphasize the importance of putting character first. So often, our culture focuses on treating the symptoms rather than fixing the problems….




James Madison on the Importance of Virtue

“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.”

Thomas Jefferson on Liberty and the Evil of Slavery

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever.”

Thomas JeffersonNotes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781

Jefferson is referring to slavery, which he called a “great political and moral evil.”

Character Quality of the Month – Humility

Humility vs. Arrogance
Acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life

The older I get the more I realize I am mostly the product of what God has placed in me and what others have invested in my life. I am grateful to those whose character has left a lasting impression on me…

Download the full list of the 49 character qualities and their definitions from the Character Training Institute.

“The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality…

“The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command the respect of the world.”

–George Washington, First Inaugural Address, 1789