Best and Worst Descriptors

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 

Philippians 4: 12

 

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

                                                            1 Samuel 16:7

  A couple of months ago two of my colleagues and I interviewed four people for some positions in my department. We added our own interview questions to the standard “Tell me about a time where you…” Our favorite question was “If I were to talk to your current team or manager, what would they say about you?” It was intended to allow the interviewee the opportunity to share their qualities with us, but I noticed that it at least caused each interviewee to pause a bit before answering (after all, we can reach out and actually ask their current manager or team). I’m hopeful that the question allowed for some introspection and some honest answers.

My boss shared with a couple of us this afternoon that her high school daughter had applied at a Starbucks in Seguin, and that one of the questions the manager asked her was to describe herself on her best day using only one word. Her daughter thought about and replied, “Fearless.” When asked for a one-word description of herself on her worst day, she replied, “Pessimistic.” Pretty self-aware, I’d say, for a 17 year old.

I then joked with my boss and a co-worker, saying that on my worst day, my one-word answer would be “ChickenLittle” (see what I did there?), because when I am overwhelmed with things that I can’t control, I react in fear and great stress. Neither my boss nor my co-worker disagreed with my assessment, so I know that there are tons of growth opportunity there!

As these things often do with me, I started to wonder how others would answer the questions if asked to describe me on my best and worst days. Would I be upset? Flattered? Overly concerned? Given that my reaction and attitude is something that I have some semblance of control over, it is definitely within my means that I can change, thereby potentially informing, enhancing, or influencing someone else’s single-word assessment of me. Even better, as I surrender said semblance of control to the Holy Spirit, and allow Him to convict and work in me, I am able to strive for descriptors such as pious, humble, joyful, worshipful, sincere, loving, and a whole host of adjectives that would bring Him glory. And these would apply for both “best” and “worst” days!

 

Prayer Requests

  • For those on the mission trip to feel God’s presence in the service of and interaction with the people they meet in Los Angeles
  • For those in a state of homelessness throughout our nation and our world
  • For government leaders at all levels, throughout our world
  • For those who are persecuted for their faith
  • For us to be obedient in all things

 

An exquisitely cool aspect of being the child of God is that I don’t have to wonder what God’s one-word description is for me: beloved.

Quotes

“The safest place in all the world is in the will of God.”

“I can’t brag about my love for God because I fail Him daily. But I can brag about His love for me because it never fails!”