Almost every Friday I join the #fridayintroductions hashtag on Instagram. Basically, it's a way to reintroduce yourself to those who follow your feed. There is always a prompt (favorite book of all time, fellow instagrammers you love, etc.) Some are easy breezy, but others can be a bit of a challenge. For instance, when last week's prompt asked for three words to describe myself, I found that the first three attributes that came to mind were what I would consider negatives and weaknesses.
Why is that, do you think? It's it just me? It's it a woman thing? Is it a human thing?
In my heart of hearts I believe that it's because I desire to be a better, calmer, more graceful version of myself. I know the ugly inside of me. I know my insecurities. I know the negative thoughts that flow too feely in my mind.
So, I asked someone who knows me better than anyone: My husband.
His initial response was to be expected: Hot, Smokin', & Sexy. #MEN.
He immediately followed that up with his real answers: Compassionate, Courageous, and like Jesus.
Whoa. Talk about the total opposite of what was running through my mind. These three traits are all things that I truly yearn to be. I want so much to be like Jesus. I want to have compassion. I want to be courageous because I belong to a God who is trustworthy.
It's nice to know that the person who really knows you - the good, bad, and the ugly - can see such positive attributes in you.
Still, it's hard to claim good things about yourself. It feels the opposite of humble. It feels prideful and weird, but when we point it back to Jesus, maybe it's not.
There is nothing good in me outside of Christ (Psalm 16:2), so when good things shine through, that's Him shining in me -- and that's something I should be shouting from the rooftops! Jesus' light is in me. It's shining through the muck and mire and making itself known.
So, here's my challenge: The next time you're asked to name an attribute or trait or quality about yourselves, go with the positive. Give Him the glory and all of the credit. Let His light shine. No more of that "hiding it under a bushel" mess, deal?