What kind of person do you want to be?

what kind of person

Some questions make complicated things simple.  They bring light to the shadows so that you can see again rather than stumbling around in the dark.  I think “What kind of person do I want to be?” is such a question.

We live in some turbulent days with continual accusations of hate, ignorance and ineptitude from all sides.  My head spins and my heart aches over all the nastiness.  As I consider how to wade into the current waters, I can only remember that my priority is to follow Jesus.  Asking what kind of person do I want to be,  helps me to do that.

Here are some things that I’ve decided.

 

We live in a day in which everyone seems to be vilifying one another.

I want to be the kind of person that loves people even if I disagree with them.

 

We live in a day in which the negativity can suck the life out of you.

I want to be the kind of person that chooses joy anyway.

 

We live in a day in which the chaos can create a heart full of fear and anxiety.

I want to be the kind of person that trusts God with my future, enjoys peace and offers peace.

 

We live in a day in which everyone seems to be quick to make snap judgements.

I want to be the kind of person that patiently investigates, thinks, discusses and prays my way into decisions.

 

We live in a day in which assaulting others with our understanding of truth is the easy action.

I want to be the kind of person that treats all people with kindness and does the hard work of building relationships with all people.

 

We live in a day in which the worst is assumed about others.

I want to be the kind of person that assumes good about others and pursues their good.

 

We live in a day in which fidelity to God and people is dependent upon their conformity to my convictions.

I want to be the kind of person that is faithful to love God and people no matter the cost.

 

We live in a day in which everyone seems to be shouting.

I want to be the kind of person that gently listens.

 

We live in a day in which everyone seems to be victims of their emotions and whims and wants.

I want to be the kind of person that has the self-control to simply live for what honors God.

 

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  -James 5:22,23

I am not that kind of person yet, but I want to be.

How about you?

 

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