Character is an accumulation of deeds which have been piled up, so to speak, by the individual during his life. You are the doer of your own deeds as such, you are the maker of your own character and as the doer of your deeds and the maker of your character you are the molder and shaper of your Destiny. Character is the embodiment of deeds. Your Character is the resultant effects of your deeds. These results, lie hidden as moral seeds in the dark recesses of your character awaiting their season of germination, growth and fruit age.
Many people, aver they are not responsible for their actions, which are the effects of their character. They aver Character, good or bad, was given to them at birth. My brother man and sister woman, this is not true. If Character was actually given to us at birth, there would have been no need for moral law and no need for moral teaching. But Characters are not given ready-made. They are evolved, an accumulation of piled up deeds.
DEVELOPMENT OF WILL POWER:
It is common knowledge without strength of mind, nothing worthy of accomplishment, can be done. Fixation of purpose is, at the root of all successful efforts, whether in things worldly or spiritual, and without it a brother man might remain wretched and end up depending upon others for that support which in reality, reside within him and only needs to be awakened and utilized.
Of a truth I tell you, a brother man has within him tremendous powers of which he has really never had any conception. Will is the power of the soul and it is the grand culminating power of the complex mental faculties within us. Will has power in keeping under restraint the senses and their respective organs. Will is a natural dynamic force that can be used, managed, controlled and directed, just as any other universal force.
Distance is no barrier for the influence of the will. I want to make clearer, the underlying force of all mental phenomena is a strong will developed to an extraordinary degree. Will is, of a twofold nature. There is a strong will and there is a weak will.
A strong will denotes, fixed determination to effect a desired thing. A strong willed individual is always filled with an intense, eager, longing craving, hungry, ravenous desire to achieve a thing. A strong will always demands things instead of requesting for it. On the other hand however, a weak will denote, a mere wish to do a thing. A weak will is a non-magnetic will. It often begets failure as it always lack self-confidence. Of a truth I tell you the materials needed for will power cultivation can be found in the common everyday life of the an individual. Now hear this, a little logical thought will soon convince a brother man that, he cannot be both weak and strong at the same time, that he cannot develop a stronger will while remaining a slave to weak indulgences, and that, therefore, the direct and only way, to that greater strength, is to attack and conquer his weaknesses.
So you see, all the means for will power cultivation are already at hand. In the mind and life of the individual; they reside in the weak side of his character. As we attack and attempt to vanquish the weak aspects of our character, it simply means the will power is being developed. In summation, the secret of will power rests in determination, fixity of purpose and persistence
As mortals, we strain every nerve for the attainment of certain ends and gradually we become conscious of a POWER, beyond our control, which frustrates our puny efforts and laughs as it were, at our fruitless striving and struggle. Most of us watch the movement of this mysterious power as it seems to elevate its favorites on the one hand and strikes down its victims on the other. Of a truth I tell you, as we advance in life, we learn to submit, more or less to this overruling power, which we do not understand. We only perceive its effects in ourselves and the world around us and we call it by various names, such as God, providence, fate, Destiny etc.
I want to make clearer, whether you believe it or not does not affect the issue, the bereavement of tons of people which is, brother man disposes, and God disposes is a crystal clear confirmation of one’s inability to alter his or her own Destiny. We cannot change Destiny and you know why? If there is an effect, there has to be a cause, and if there is a cause, there will be an effect. In this way, my brother man and sister woman, the cycle of cause and effect, effect and cause continues. Always bear in mind, your present body is the effect of the causes of our past birth.