Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Describing You

What if everyone who knew you had to make a top 10 list of words that described you? What if you had to create that list yourself? Would they be similar? Would you be content with what the world thinks of you? Would you be content with what you think of yourself?

This topic of what others think is a little tricky. Romans 12:2a tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world…” It should not matter what others think of me because the Lord’s thoughts are all that matter… true, very true, but can their view of me inspire me to become more Christ like?

I want to be a reflection of Christ in this world…full of love, compassion, strength, wisdom, humility, joy, kindness, discipline, faith, peace, hope, and patience. These words are certainly on my top 10 “wannabee” list but are these on the actual list???

As I ponder this in my quiet time I read Romans 12:3b, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought…” The next words to jump off the page are in verse 10,”Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”  This sounds like the Lord is asking me to take on a spirit of…hum…um…um…um…
                There. I said it.
It is a word that I am fairly certain would not show up on any list describing me. I am confident, speak my mind, and have skewed belief that I know more than I really do. I am pretty much the anti-humility.

It is clearly time for an attitude adjustment! #Saywhat !!!! But God created me this way. He does not want me to be someone I’m not. True, but…
         He does want me to grow.
                He is asking me to practice humility.
                        He wants me to be obedient, radically obedient.
How do I know? His word made it clear. Humility is a characteristic of Christ. This morning my study leader, Nicki Koziarz, spoke of the humble act of doing laundry in a fresh and powerful way. Just yesterday I witnessed the humble actions of a strong servant leader at MUST ministries. Having a spirit of humility cannot happen with my sheer will. I need help! Thank God that “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13. 

I want to please and honor and praise the Lord! I want the world to know Him better because they see Him in me.  #YesToGod


  1. This makes me want to send a note to all of my friends and family asking for their top 10 lists of words describing me. I would love to know if I am projecting the woman I want to be. Thanks for this beautifully worded reminder!

  2. I've been wanting the same things for myself too (full of love, compassion, strength, wisdom, humility, joy, kindness, discipline, faith, peace, hope, and patience, not to leave out humility), except I just wanted them as traits of my personality...but you phrased it very well- as the top 10- esp of how others see us. It's just hard I think, living in the flesh. It seems like every time I re-commit to being these or practicing them, something smashes in my face and I blow it again...right that same day. But hopefully by the end of this study, we'll be better at practicing these and it will be easier for others to see these traits too (in us). Thank you for your blog!
    P.s. I am suspecting we live in the same place now :)...if soo, it's pretty cool to accidentally find you among the pool of 24,000 of us doing the study :)

  3. Oh wow! I think I could have written this! (and did write something similar last week) Thank you for being so honest with us. Kind of like Candace, it made me want to ask people for a top 10 list of words for me - just to see how I am doing on this walk!

  4. Being a light to the world is the most important. Being a reflection of Christ is what we are called to and when we realize that, people notice and it truly DOES change our lives!! Wonderful write up! following you via the blog hop, hope you can come visit my page: