I used to have an image in my mind of what I thought would make me a good person–going on overseas missions trips, giving money to charities, taking family members on trips, giving good advice to help people.
All those things are good, of course, but not really practical right now. I can’t spend $2,000 flying to Uganda when I have to pay for school in the fall; I can’t give money away when I’m still depending on my parents to pay for some stuff for me, and as far as giving advice goes–I haven’t lived that much– as in– I haven’t had many life experiences yet, and I’ve come to realize suggesting something vs doing it is way different. (You know the old saying “easier said than done”) I don’t want to give advice unless I’ve actually been practicing it. I don’t want to give advice on something I don’t really know anything about.
So anyway, here’s some things I’ve come up with.
Start paying for as much of my stuff as I can, so my parents don’t have to deal with it.
|March 20, 2016 at 17:01|
Some things I aim to do on a daily basis:
-I text/email friends Scripture/encouragement
-I go out of my way to greet people and smile at them
-I hold open doors for more people than just the one immediately behind me
-I make these bookmarks, write Romans 8:38-39 on the back, and give them to random people (for example, I gave one to the lady who cleans the lunchroom at my school, and now she knows who I am and I see her and greet her at school and church); of course you might not know how to make a bookmark, but if you know how to make a bracelet or something simple like that, you could do that
-I leave index cards in public restrooms that say things like “always love”, “you’re beautiful (pass it on)”, “never give up fighting for hope”, or Bible verses
-I tell my friends that I pray for them every morning (and I do)
-I be sure and remember people’s birthdays and whatnot and I get them a gift (or do something else nice for them if I’m limited financially at the time)
-I compliment people a lot, but I make sure I only do it when it’s genuine (for example, I’ve told lots of random girls that I think they’re beautiful, but I’ve never said it out of pity or anything; I only do it if I automatically look at her and think “wow, she’s pretty”, because I personally believe that when I think that, it’s God nudging me to tell her what I think, maybe because she’s having a rough day or she needs to hear it)
-Also–this is an important one–I pray every morning that God would use me, that I would have the opportunity to make someone’s day, and that He would show me if I need to say something, talk to someone, or do something specific; and every time I pray that (which is every day now), I almost always see how He uses me, I always have the opportunity to make someone’s day, and I always feel a specific desire to talk to certain people/do certain things (which I know are God-directed)
I don’t know if that’s what you were looking for, but those are some things that are personally very important to me. One of my number one passions in life is encouraging people, so those are the things that I thought of when you talked about having better character (like, I guess I kind of associate good character with how you treat others).
|March 20, 2016 at 17:56|
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