Houston Forward Times

23 July 2014 Written by  Rev. Manson B. Johnson

Lesson 10: The Pillar of Dependability

12 PILLARS OF CHARACTER FOR TOOL BOX MEN/BOY

(TOOL BOX MEN & BOYS BUILDING FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING)

THE BIG IDEA: Things that last in life are built from the inside out.

Bible Fact: Men & boys that make the Word of God their tool box for building their personal lives will please God and have great success.

Joshua 1:8; I Corinthians 13:11

As a TOOL BOX man or boy’s character is being built God is at work inside of them to do four (4) valuable things: It is up to each individual man and boy to do at least four (4) things to help the greatness and completeness of their potential to come out:

  1. He must cultivate the small potentials;
  2. He must culturalize the developmental process;
  3. He must cooperate with a system of standards that will keep him growing in the right direction; and
  4. He must communicate often with the creator of his true potential for the rest of his life.

Characteristics common of a dependable person are reliability, trustworthiness, and honesty. A person who is dependable will not let you down. If they say that they will be at a certain place at a certain time, you can expect them to be there. They tend to be good listeners, and will be there for friends and family members on an emotional level. In a work setting, dependable people will always get the job done, and will not call out for frivolous reasons, or slack off. ---Ask.Com

Everything in any situation boils down to whether one is dependable. Can a person be trusted to make what is needed or the right thing happen. Dependability is the dividing line that is used today for job integrity, team sports, arm services, social relationships, etc.

How To Increase Your Dependability Factor:

1. Be transparently trustworthy and simple to read at all times.

A. Potiphar could read Joseph and tell that he meant him nothing but good. Genesis 39:1-6

B. Joseph never argued with any of his supervisors.

C. Joseph’s transparency won over his supervisors and his peers.

2. Keep your promises and do what you said you would do.

A. Joseph did his job so well that he earned the trust of everyone he met. Genesis 39:20-23

3. Be where you agreed to be.

A. Be known for keeping your word. Proverbs 15:23

B. Be unwavering in your commitments. James 5:12

4. Be consistently on time without excuses. Exodus 7:15, 20

A. People who are on time all the time kill all questions or doubts about their personal commitment.

B. People who are consistently on time get first picks of fresh opportunities.

5. Be honest and truthful without taking sides, your side or anyone else’s side.

A. Honesty and truth are strongest when they can be applied with just the facts and no other influences.

B. Honest and truthfulness disarm selfish intents on the part of anyone. II Samuel 12:7

6. Be secure in yourself and provide stability to others as needed.

A. Be a go to guy for others to get their issues resolved.

B. Joseph was secure in his personality and his purpose in God’s plan and was able to provide answers to the problems of others, including his family.

C. Be an anchor in storms without holding the ship’s captain hostage with bragging reminders. Genesis 50:19-21

7. Be responsible for your job and do it with excellence at all times and others will recognize your results. Genesis 41:39,40,42,43

A. Let your work speak for your character and integrity.

B. Let others give you your due respect, honor and accolades and not yourself. Proverbs 27:2

8. Be a faithful team member to your team.

A. Don’t quit on the mission when tension sits in.

B. Nehemiah refused to betray the mission and the workers in the mission to rebuild the wall. Nehemiah 6:3,4

9. Be loyal to your supervisor and his processes and protocols to capture his personal attention. Genesis 39:4,5

10. Be so well organized in your work that it covers your supervisor’s needs and benefits his role with good credits. Genesis 39:22,23