STOP AND THINK – A man’s character is his fate. (Heraclitus, Greek philosopher of the 6th century B.C.)

What did the ancient Heraclitus mean? Was he implying that you can’t do anything about your character because it’s the result of something outside yourself? Or, was he indicating that our destiny is determined by the character we establish during our lifetime? The latter seems more biblical: what we are now gives evidence of what we will be later.

We are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him. … All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:2-3)