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What A Character!
By: Patricia Charlton
Acquiring meekness is not an easy task, neither is character building. The tears, the pain of disappointments, unfulfilled dreams and the sting of rejection is part of this process. Since I learn most of lives lessons the difficult way, I need to understand God’s perspective. God requires that I develop my character and His blue print includes meekness.
Since meekness is power under control, I must rethink my independent ways. How do I change? Firstly, I must understand this truth: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29: 11) God truly cares about my future and my preparedness for this year.
Secondly, trials come. These trials include giving up a task that I truly enjoy. I love planning a summer sports camp. The thrill of young children receiving Christ is worth all the frustrations, sleepless nights and last minute delays. Over and over again the Holy Spirit reminds me to relinquish this responsibility to another. Do you feel a nudge from the Holy Spirit to relinquish a responsibility to someone else? Trust me on this one, do not argue, whine, or refuse to listen, let it go. God has plans for you.
It is not easy to relinquish something that I enjoy. There is many a night I cry myself to sleep. The power of my independent nature is overwhelming. When I read about Christ in the garden of Gethsemane, I understand this: “Your will be done.” In the struggle of my “will”, I react like Christ in my relinquishment. Only the test of my “will” produces meekness.
Thirdly, letting go and letting God control my future. Lately, the still small voice is whispering, “Be still and know that I am God.” I’m not a good pew sitter. I detest sitting on my hands in church. Like a whirlwind, I jump from church ministry to church ministry. However, in God’s plan, I’m to be still. Stillness is extremely painful to an out of control, independent person like myself. Frustration, truth enhancing and self-revelation became the essence of my experience during the last year.
Is the Holy Spirit tugging on your heart? Is He calling you to develop your character? Is God closing doors of opportunity, only to reveal a character building opportunity? Character building involves you and me going in God’s direction.
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