Today’s post comes in the form of an essay written by one
of Western Days Ministries young friends. Hannah is a remarkable young lady who’s love Christ and for others shines brightly. We are so pleased at how God is growing and using her to further His kingdom.
When people ask me about my character, my mind automatically thinks about all the good I’ve done. I think about how I encourage people, especially my friends and family. I think about my patience and how, unlike some other people, I can tolerate waiting in a long line or can help someone who requires patience and gentle assistance. I think about my positive attitude, and how I can make the best out of every situation, or how I not only help others but I thoroughly enjoy doing so. But character is not all about the good you do, it’s also about who you are when nobody is looking. The times that I was rude or didn’t accept someone who needed a friend come to mind; or the times that I have lied to others or even myself. The times that I did or said something wrong behind closed doors. Of course, like most people, I want to become a better person by the time I graduate, but that’s not all. I want to become like Jesus. I don’t want to be God, but I want to reflect his character.
Though I am loving, hate creeps into my heart occasionally. I may be joyful, but I still entertain dissatisfaction. For the most part, I feel peace about my future, then worry settles in when I think about it too much. Patience is a virtue I seem to possess, but at the same time, I battle anxiety daily. I am kind, but at the same time I catch myself worrying about myself way too often. People will tell you that I am good; a good student, a good person, a good friend, but in reality, being good is the last thing on my mind sometimes. I try my hardest to be faithful, and I am for the most part. I go to church. I say the right things, but sometimes my heart is not in it. Once anger settles in, gentleness gets set aside. I have self- control, but putting it to use is another story. I have just as many weaknesses as I do strengths, and of course, I tend to dwell on the weaknesses more. But the truth is I am fearfully and wonderfully made, yet a sinner in need of saving. The character of Jesus is all of my strengths and more. I realize that the only way to be like Jesus is to know him. All in all, my character is human. I do both good and bad things. When people talk about me, I hear words like sweet and helpful. Honestly, I do want to develop into a better person, but that’s not all. By the time I graduate, I don’t want people to see me and my character, I want them to see the image of Jesus shining through me in all that I say and do.