Saturday, July 9, 2011

One Word

I overheard Julia ask her brothers,  "How would you describe Reginald?"  (Reginald is a fictional character in a story that she is writing.)  They started naming off things and then she said, "One word."

One word.  That really struck me.  Now it took longer for the boys to answer.  Eventually they named some traits. 

One word.  It stuck with me.  How would I describe myself with one word?  How would someone else describe me with one word?   How would you describe yourself with one word?  How do others see you?

Would the word be negative or positive?  Am I characterized by good things or negative things?

As a Christian, my life should exhibit more of the fruits of the Spirit than the works of the flesh.
Gal 5:1921 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

The "do" here means habitually, practise, perform repeatedly.  I understand that none of us are perfect.  We all have a bad day now and then.  But this is referring to something that happens all the time, something we are characterized by.  

And in the very next verse....
Gal 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Oh, Lord, may my life reflect your character.  May I daily become more like you in every aspect of my life.  May those around me see you in my life, my words and my actions. 

Rom. 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Seeking to be more like Him,

1 comment:

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

Okay, so now family wishes I hadn't read your post because I am hounding them to describe me in ONE word! ;-) Then, when they give a word, I'm like really? What about "blank". We are having fun, but this is a very good post!