For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing." Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present. - 2 Cor 10:10 NIV
Are you the same person at home as you are at work? Are you the same person at work as you are at play? Would people at your church see you the same way as the people you hang out with outside of church? Questions like these get to the core of our character. I recently spoke at a small women's event here locally and found myself chuckling upon hearing my introduction read to the group, knowing that there were some ladies there from a variety of areas of my life. Some were there from my former church. Some were from my new church. A couple of ladies I play golf with as well as my hairdresser were there. I also had a friend come whom I knew from former job. I'll say here as I said when I took the mic from the emcee: "I'm glad as I stand in front of people who know me that those things she read were true, because they would know." You see, most of my previous talks had been in front of strangers.
I am no apostle Paul, but I do believe that consistency in character is essential in all of us. Just as Paul wanted the Corinthians to know that he would be the same in person as the individual who penned the letter to them, I want to live what I believe as well. I would hope that whoever reads this blog who knows me personally would not have any doubt as to the sincerity of what I express here and that I do live out to the best of my ability what I "preach".
So now, as usual, I'm going to share my learnings and ponderings with you in the form of some "homework" questions. :) Please know, that most the time in these questions, I'm merely rewording the questions I wrote to myself in my own journal so more of can have "fun" with them.
1) When was the last time you asked God to look at an area of your life to reveal areas that He wants you to change? Is something coming to mind right now?
2) How can you conform more to God's will in your life than your will to provide more consistency in all areas?
3) What change are you going to make today?