Many times throughout my life I have been asked to fill out various inventories which asked me to choose my top three personality traits. I am sure you all have been there. These always stress me out because what I think may be my top three traits may be different than what someone else who knows me may think. I will stare at the list and analyze it TO DEATH ya’ll. But that is not the only reason they are difficult for me. You see, there is always something on that list that glares at me and reminds me who I want to be and which areas I still have not mastered or…frankly…which ones I have not even resembled. The first circle I make is typically very easy for me and even sometimes the second. If ‘loving’ and ‘compassionate’ are on the list, I quickly let out a sigh of relief. Yet there is always that one word. That one that taunts me. That one I always want to circle but in good conscience…I just will not allow myself to.
Reliable. Sigh. There…I said it. I wish I could tell you how many times over the years I have said, “I have good intentions but my follow through stinks.” The truth is, my intentions are good. And I do, ‘mean well.’ But what that leads to is over-commitment which then leads to me failing to see my tasks and obligations through to completion. Even worse…my ‘good intentions’ most likely leave someone with an unmet need. But you see…that is where pride comes in. God doesn’t ask me or you to meet the needs of everyone around us. In fact, His Word very clearly says:
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
Anyone else out there a ‘yes’ gal? The person everyone calls when they need a volunteer for something because you are sure to say, “yes?” I recently called someone and asked her to do something for me and she said, “I would like to think about it and pray about it over the weekend.
Can I get back with you on Monday?” Wow…what a novel approach. In doing this, she is making sure she is giving me her best ‘yes’ and that what I am asking her to do is in line with God’s purpose for her.
Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (NIV)
Will you be just a ‘yes’ gal or a reliable ‘yes’ gal?