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Leaving a Lasting Legacy – Part 6

By:  Mike Martin

Couples can leave a positive legacy for their family helping each other and their children develop a strong Godly character.

The word ‘character” comes from the Greek word kharaktermeaning “engraved mark” or “symbol or imprint on the soul”.   Synonyms for the word character are personality, moral fiber, temperament, disposition, nature and spirit.  Character is “your moral self” and the “crown of a moral life,” and is referred to as your “moral structure”.  Character is something a person builds through virtuous behavior.  A person’s character can be developed, improved, and enhanced by a spouse, parents, children and anyone else that the person is around.  To help your family member build character requires that you have a Godly character.  You have an important job to help build the moral character of your spouse and children. The words you use, the moral behavior your exhibit, your smiles, your frowns,  your calmness, your yelling and outrages, and your personal control in tense situations all effect the building of your spouse’s/children’s character.  If you are a person of character, you have chosen to live a more disciplined and a less selfish life and that is the type character that you want your spouse/children to have also. You can leave a legacy by helping your spouse/children develop a strong Godly character. 

The Martins currently present “Happy Together” Marriage Enrichment Events for churches and organizations.  To schedule an event call Michael at 940-735-1515. They are certified “Prepare/Enrich” Facilitators and are available to work with couples on an individual basis using the “Prepare/Enrich Assessment.”  They publish a weekly “Happy Together” Blog about family and marriage issues.  You can order copies of their new books Dancing With Death and 366 Tidbits We Have Learned in 14,610 Days of Marriage, read, and subscribe to their “Happy Together” Blog by logging onto the Martin’s website at

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