Skip to main content

Disposition matters

Charm is that "magical" power to please or attract through one's personality or beauty, almost as though someone were "under the spell" of the one with so much "charm".  Charm is not a bad thing, but one can become obsessed with the things one believes will make them "more charming".  Beauty is not bad - but the continual, obsessive pursuit of the next greatest "fad" designed to make or keep you "beautiful" can become somewhat like the worship of beauty.  A great personality is indeed a plus for the one's who have to "deal with you" day after day, but sometimes we "label" someone's personality as "dry", "introverted", and the like.  We aren't always attracted to those individuals because they aren't "out there" in the lime-light all the time.  If there weren't a few "dry" or "introverted" individuals in this world, I don't think we'd have ever discovered things we enjoy pretty much right now - like electricity, social media, and Facebook!  We cannot be deceived by what we see on the outside - as my mom always used to tell me, "You cannot judge a book by its cover."

Charm can be deceptive and physical beauty will not last, but a woman who reveres the Eternal should be praised above all others. (Proverbs 31:30 VOICE)

There is one trait which makes an individual absolutely irresistible and that would be the deep, truthful reverence of the Lord as the center of one's life.  The individual who makes Christ the most important part of their life may not always be the most extroverted, "in the lime-light", kind of person, but they are trustworthy, well-balanced, and overwhelmingly joyful at the core of their being. 
"Inner beauty" as some might refer to it is not something we "possess" as much as it is in being "possessed by another".  It is Jesus in control of our hearts which brings forth that inner beauty in ways others may not be able to resist!

When we focus on our inner beauty, the outer beauty is something which doesn't count on us wearing the latest of styles, having the most perfectly manicured nails, or even sporting the most flattering of hair styles.  Inner beauty begins to reflect in our actions - something which speaks much louder than any of the "outer adornments" we ever might pursue.  Inner beauty is what gives us true "charm" - that which has some "appeal" which cannot be denied.

There are times we spend more time and effort on what we consider to be the things which will "keep us young" or "make us attractive". Sadly, we ignore the most significant of actions we can ever take - spending time with Jesus, just nuzzled up to him, drawing from his strength, learning from his words, and taking in his peace.  Those moments do more to "build us up" than we might realize - changing our "sour disposition" into a much more "pleasing" disposition. What attracts us to people isn't their talent as much as their "disposition".  Our disposition is the dominant (prevailing) tendency of our spirit - some call it our "prevailing attitude".  Get the spirit aligned with Jesus and the "prevailing attitude" of our lives changes!

We may not think much about "charm", but if scripture records the "beauty" one might describe in an individual, we might just do well to consider the value of a "disposition" bent toward grace!  Just sayin!


Popular posts from this blog

What did obedience cost Mary and Joseph?

As we have looked at the birth of Christ, we have considered the fact he was born of a virgin, with an earthly father so willing to honor God with his life that he married a woman who was already pregnant.  In that day and time, a very taboo thing.  We also saw how the mother of Christ was chosen by God and given the dramatic news that she would carry the Son of God.  Imagine her awe, but also see her tremendous amount of fear as she would have received this announcement, knowing all she knew about the time in which she lived about how a woman out of wedlock showing up pregnant would be treated.  We also explored the lowly birth of Jesus in a stable of sorts, surrounded by animals, visited by shepherds, and then honored by magi from afar.  The announcement of his birth was by angels - start to finish.  Mary heard from an angel (a messenger from God), while Joseph was set at ease by a messenger from God on another occasion - assuring him the thing he was about to do in marrying Mary wa

A brilliant display indeed

Love from the center of who you are ; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply ; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. (Romans 12:9-12) Integrity and Intensity don't seem to fit together all that well, but they are uniquely interwoven traits which actually complement each other. "Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it." God asks for us to have some intensity (fervor) in how we love (from the center of who we are), but he also expects us to have integrity in our love as he asks us to be real in our love (don't fake it). They are indeed integral to each other. At first, we may only think of integrity as honesty - some adherence to a moral code within. I believe there is a little more to integrity than meets the eye. In the most literal sense,

Do me a favor

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. (Philippians 2:1-4) Has God's love made ANY difference in your life? What is that difference? Most of us will likely say that our lives were changed for the good, while others will say there was a dramatic change. Some left behind lifestyles marked by all manner of outward sin - like drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution, or even thievery. There are many that will admit the things they left behind were just a bit subtler - what we can call inward sin - things like jealousy,