Skip to main content

You are quite a character!

"A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble." (Charles Spurgeon)

The moments we make today may not seem like much when we consider them one at a time, but when they are all added up and seen in their totality, that is a different story. In the moment, the decisions we make, the way we choose to solve life's problems, or the responses we give to one another when hurting, offended, or critical of something we have done make all the difference.

May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God. 

(Philippians 1:11 NLT)

When Jesus is central in all we do and think, the character produced will be consistent with his. When we are at the center of all we do, the character produced will be a little too harsh, kind of wobbly at best, and just plain too self-seeking. The character we see manifest is really a manifestation of what has affected our "core" - mind, will and emotions. When what affects our "core" is our own self-seeking nature, we see mind focused on things that matter to us with little regard for what others think or need, will determined to get what we need even at the expense of the needs of others, and emotions unraveling whenever we don't feel like our needs are being met.

Mirrors might have helped us in some respects, but I think we might have become a little too self-focused because we focus on the image that we think should be portrayed to others rather than on the image God wants to portray. We "doll up", "dress up", "cover up", and "man up", all while considering our "image" in the mirror. What we neglect to see is the image portrayed by our words, actions, inaction, and even our non-verbal cues. Mirrors don't help us see what is at the core of our being - it takes the mirror of God's word and the help of his Holy Spirit to actually "reflect back" a true picture of what is at the core of our lives.

In much the same way as fruit is seasonal in our markets everywhere, the fruit we bear in our lives is kind of helped along by the seasons we go through in life. A particularly dry season may not seem to produce much fruit, but what comes from that season is hardy. A different season of plenty and what seems to be "easy sailing" may produce the fruits of joy and peace, but does it produce the same "hardiness" of these "fruits" as the particularly dry season did? Not usually. It quite possible that both seasons are necessary, but one gives something of "deeper stability" in our character than the other. The hardest season to endure may produce the deepest roots and the most "robust" of fruits! 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

The bobby pin in the electrical socket does what???

Avoidance is the act of staying away from something - usually because it brings some kind of negative effect into your life.  For example, if you are a diabetic, you avoid the intake of high quantities of simple sugars because they bring the negative effect of elevating your blood glucose to unhealthy levels.  If you were like me as a kid, listening to mom and dad tell you the electrical outlets were actually dangerous didn't matter all that much until you put the bobby pin into the tiny slots and felt that jolt of electric current course through your body! At that point, you recognized electricity as having a "dangerous" side to it - it produces negative effects when embraced in a wrong manner.  Both of these are good things, when used correctly.  Sugar has a benefit of producing energy within our cells, but an over-abundance of it will have a bad effect.  Electricity lights our path and keeps us warm on cold nights, but not contained as it should be and it can produce

Scrubbed Up and Ready to Go!

Have you ever considered just how 'clean' your hands really are? In nursing school, I remember this exercise we did where we rubbed hand lotion on our hands, then were told to go scrub them to practice a good handwashing technique. Most of us were going the extra mile by scrubbing back and front, in between the fingers and then even up above the wrist area. Surely our hands were clean, right? We came back to the room for the 'inspection' of our handwashing jobs only to find our instructor had turned the lights off, had a black light set up, and inspected our hands under that glowing beast! Guess what else 'glowed'? Our hands! The lotion was 'laced' with this 'dust' that illuminates under the black light, allowing each of us to see the specific areas around cuticles, under nails, and even here and there on our hands that got totally missed by our good 'handwashing' technique! What we thought was clean really wasn't clean at all. Clean