I am not proud of the person I use to be.
In my younger days I was very ensacure and felt that if people really knew me they wouldn’t like what they saw, so I hid who I really was. I was a different person for each friend or family member. I went along with things my friends wanted me to do, even when I didn’t feel safe. I would also instigate things I’m not proud of in order to be liked, just to please them. In all honesty, it took a long time to figure out who I really was and who God made me to be.
It took some serious thinking and learning to find myself and I don’t want you to have to go through the long process so this is the “short cut” version. It all starts with finding your God given traits.
What is Character? – Character is the inward traits that make up an individual’s nature.
What is Personality? – The visible aspect of one’s character.
Wait a minute! This sounds oddly familiar. Where have I heard this before? I GOT IT!!!! It sounds like a Sacrament! A sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace. Now I’m not saying its a sacrament in the traditional form like:
What I am saying is that our character is a gift from God (i.e. Grace) that we express outwardly through our personality making us a “sort of” sacramental.
Sacramentals derive from the baptismal priesthood. Every baptized person is called to be a “Blessing”, and to Bless.
This means that God has given us a gift (character/inward grace) that is to be shared with others (personality/outward sign). Do you see it? Our personality is a way for God to bestow grace on others, those we share our true selves with. This is why it is so important to understand and embrace your individuality.
Now how do we know what these God given traits are?
First and foremost, pray that the Holy Spirit will show you which traits He has given to you.
Think of it this way. God is Love and God is good. God only makes thing out of love. Gauge each trait by if it is inherently good. Yes, inherently good traits can be used for bad purposes, but at its core it is a good trait.
God given traits tend to be something you love to do or are just great at. Others will tell you, you are good at something or you should start a certain career because you are so good at it. This is them telling you about a God given trait they see in you. Listen to them.
I have given you a download to help with this process and a list of positive traits to get the ball rolling. Once you know some of these traits you will have a better understanding of the person God intended you to be.
After you work through the download I have a challenge for you. Start using the traits on a daily basis. Intentionally be just, or honest, or whatever traits you have. It has a great effect on everyone. Why? Because God gave these traits to you to be shared and you were not made to hide who you are. If you exercise them God will be so pleased and it just might lead you to know your vocation.
Please know that I am here to help and encourage you on this journey. Don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment. This community is for us all to grow together.
Till next time…….Be happily you & God Bless.