Hey Everyone! What’s good!?
First things first, welcome to my Character series! This is the first series (of hopefully more) that I’ve decided to start and I thought it would be good to give a short and sweet introduction. Even before I had any plans to write anything, I’ve had time to just reflect on what God has been speaking and it has forced me to ask myself some critical questions.
A few weeks ago, while waiting for a prayer meeting to start I began reading Psalms 15. If you have the NKJV, it says “The Character of Those Who May Dwell with the Lord”, that alone made me pause because the word character kept resonating in my mind. Afterwards so many questions ran through my mind, and I knew it was something I had to take some time to write about. A lot of times we focus on specific people like David or Moses, in the Bible to determine and study their character. But then I thought, what about us regular people who have different experiences, cultures, influences, who are flawed and have struggles living in the world today? What shapes our character?
But I knew before I could attempt to answer those questions, I had to start with the basics. What does the word character even mean?
Merriam-Webster defines character as one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual.
Ok, stop! I kid you not, I had one of those “AH HA” or “light bulb” moments immediately after reading the definition. Because I knew that as a child of God, the meaning of character and the importance behind it was so much deeper.
Our character determines our relationship with God – how he sees us, how he speaks to us, the ability for us to operate in our gifts and talents, and so much more.
In this series I’ll be exploring what shapes our character as a children of God while using Psalms 15 as my reference point. Next I’ll be exploring how our character allows us to abide with the Lord, and how our character is something that must be continually shaped and renewed by God.
Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?Psalms 15:1 (NKJV)