What Would Jesus Do?
Without going into details, I'd love to testify that the Lord really changes people. I'm certainly witnessing how he's changing me -- in my reactions (I've certainly become slower to anger, for one; if you were there to see the war freak youth that was myself all those years ago, you'll realize how MIGHTILY God has worked and is continuing to work in me), in the way I think and reason, in the way I perceive and discern situations, etc. I certainly hope this doesn't sound pompous, as though I was praising my own virtues, because believe me, no credit goes to me. It's all God. Let me also add that I'm also definitely a work in progress here. There's still so much to learn and I'm grateful for each lesson as it comes along.
Honestly, when I opened my heart to correction, it really all became easier. For many years I held on tight to my concept of self, insisting that I be allowed to manifest my nature (that's just who I am, like it or lump it)... Anyway, I was recently involved in a discussion wherein individual personalities figured. My point was that while certain actions are justified because that's just how some people react and deal based on their personalities (and it's perfectly normal in the world setup), there is THE Christian way to go about things... keep in mind What Would Jesus Do and how we should protect our testimonies as Christians. Anyway, I ended up the "wrong" party in the discussion, basically because it's hard arguing with naturally skilled debaters who just refuse to see that you may have a point (just consider it, you know) and my "wrongness" was further reinforced by authorities (I wasn't there anyway to explain my argument). After all, despite my many years in church, I'm really pretty fresh as a Christian. I haven't been filled with the Spirit (if my understanding of it is correct) or spoken in tongues (I belong to a Pentecostal group), so I thought I'd just have to take what these people have told me as right (although at the sake of sounding all judgmental and holier-than-thou, I was thinking, with that special and sacred experience with the Holy Spirit, it should be easier to demonstrate Its fruit, right? I mean, I wouldn't know. It hasn't happened to me yet. I don't even know if it's okay to use "It" as the pronoun for the HS). And then as I was doing my bedtime devotion last night, God showed me that channeling What Would Jesus Do and being protective of your Christian testimony is actually the way to go. That's not open to compromise. We're all of us still imperfect and, like I said, works in progress, but our goal is to become as Christ-like as possible. Now, why am I going on about this? I think the discussion is pretty much over and I lost the "debate", but through that, even in the frustration of "defeat" (something I never take kindly to), God blessed me by making it clear to me that He's doing some powerful things in my life. The reforming of the mind -- that's a huge deal! Because you see, several years ago, I would totally have been arguing for the OTHER side.
I'm sorry if this didn't make sense to you. I really didn't want to give away details, but I so wanted to share realizations as they came to me.