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Traits Used, Traits Refused

Character is something both intangible yet, at the same time, very obvious. It’s something we either have or we don’t. It shows up in our values, our actions, our choices.

I love 1st Peter 3 verse 4 and 5, where God reminds us to value what He calls the “hidden man of the heart”, which He deems precious. Something the Father deems precious might be something we should think about paying a little attention to.

I heard a dear woman of God refer this morning to traits God refuses, and traits He uses. How profound it seems to me today, in a country with a racial divide as wide as the sea, where many now use their freedom of speech to make it clear the duly appointed leader is “not my president” – completely disregarding due process and the fact that others in this fine country may possibly perhaps disagree somewhat with that opinion – I’ve noticed character is a subject rarely broached in any place I find myself. A wise woman once said gifts can take you where your character can’t keep you, and I wholeheartedly agree.

Last night my husband reminded me that he is a ‘realist’ – codeword for pessimist. I may be a dreamer and eternal optimist but I’m not stupid. I see the state of the nation. I just choose to believe prayer can change things. God says when we pray from a pure heart He hears and, in His perfect timing, answers. Our job is to keep believing.

So back to character.

Now more than ever I realize I can rarely change my circumstances but I can choose how to respond. I’m a total sanguine extrovert and this self-iso is really hard for me, but rather than complain about my lot in life I would much rather choose to think on the true, noble, helpful things Paul encourages us to than believe America is going to hell in a handbasket and ‘after all, we are in the last days…’, in my opinion many people’s excuse for prayerlessness.

God says He IS good and that He does good. I choose to look for the good in every situation I find myself in because, when you search deep enough, where there’s good, there’s always a touch of God. I’m not going down without a fight. I will pray for this country till my dying day. I will pray for leaders I like, and leaders I really don’t care for. I will do my best to influence my small corner of the world with a little honesty, transparency, and integrity. It might just make a difference in a life or two along the way. Will you join me on the journey?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

Seriously. I’m interested.

Kari, the useful-traited redhead
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