Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #17 Virtue


Like authority, virtue is more a state of being than a character trait. Virtue is imbedded in the nature of who we are – a state of excellence – a goal that remain ephemeral and perhaps just out of reach. Sometimes virtue is discussed as a plural but I think not. It is that state of being that combines character traits that make us a better person. It is not something I claim for myself and if you studied my life it would be far from virtuous. But like a light just ahead of me in the darkness I see it and push on toward the goal.


The philosopher Aristotle wrote, Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all the least inclined to do so. We are all rebels from the supreme goal that our creator established. That goal being, perfection. Some vainly strive for perfection. Yet, virtue seems just shy of that mark. Something that we might achieve on a really good day. It’s best when it is achieved by accident or by backing into it. If we were to claim it, we would not be virtuous at all. Romans 14:1 says, As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him – so it is that we find our selves together on a journey in this life. Setting goals and seeking virtue – the good of others. Seeking the best for someone we journey with – Isn’t this exactly what Jesus did? It was to embrace the rebel and sinner and give them hope? This is virtue. The selfless act of seeing the potential in others and helping them to achieve it. Be people of virtue – not to better yourself or your lot in life but to help others achieve. In doing this, virtue is granted to you – which is the best way to achieve it.


About Denny Meyer

I've been a pastor, spiritual director, and spiritual coach and worked with thousands of people over the years. You can find the life the Creator intended for you. Contact me if you want to find out more.
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