Josh and I had one of THOSE arguments a few nights ago. After things were winding down he said something like, “You’re self-focused. You don’t want to hear about how I feel because you are only focused on your own feelings right now.” After I got over the initial sting and denial, I let what he said settle in and realized he had been right. I had only been focused on getting my point across, having my needs met, and making sure I felt better.
One of my prayers recently has been that God point out my spiritual deficiencies. To expose where I lack so that He can refine my character. I don’t want to be captivated by culture, debilitated by temptation, or intimidated by the devil. So to keep far from these traps, I choose to be spiritually awake and receptive to refinement. For me, God uses Josh to point out where I lack God’s view and heart over a matter. Although it’s easy to build character around my defects, “It’s jut the way I am,” I want spiritual growth, not stagnancy.
We can use our character defects as excuses, “That’s just me!” or we can be refined. We can play the blame game or we can pay attention to what God wants us to learn. Know that every change involves a loss of some kind. For me recently, it was my pride and “me-first” mentality. It’s uncomfortable to lose a bad character habit and there are no quick fixes for long-term deep rooted patterns. But l suspect that losing out on an eternal reward is far more frustrating than losing a flaw in your character. Seek God’s character revisions in your life. Drop a 🔍 if you’ll be looking for how God wants to mold you to better today!
Psalm 139:23-24 (MSG) “Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong— then guide me on the road to eternal life.”