There are certain personality traits that I have a tough time running away from. As far back as I can remember, the following statements were closely connected with me. I bristled at authority. I like being in charge. I crave control. I naturally think of taking the lead. As I look back over the years, it is amazing how certain individuals have influenced and changed my direction. In a few cases, our connection was brief. For most, it was an enduring relationship. The individuals came in all sizes, cultures, and ages, yet they shared a number of traits.
Each was comfortable in who s/he was. In unique ways, each had developed a personality that worked with their values and priorities.
Each was strong and competitive. They were good in something, often many. I was not going to get a free ride. I had to step up, earn my way into the game, and compete. If I was weak, I ended up in second place. While open to my competitive efforts, their intensity never waivered.
Each saw something that I could not. While the words varied, they recognized I could be more that I was. They took the time to set me straight while encouraging me to reach for more.
I know I was opinionated and difficult. I was so sure. Their patience and compassion made all the difference. As I take on the role of the older one, I find myself wondering how they modeled themselves. David’s observation centuries ago reminds me that goodness is never limited to God. We are invited to be godlike in all that we do. The model is open to our examination. “God’s business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, Setting us straight. Once we’re standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye.” (Psalm 11.7) We are left with an invitation to take on the cause, to be like gods.
To each, your gifts are priceless treasures that live on within me. They add meaning to life. Thank-you. I know they grow as I share.