Tonight's reading lead me to this passage:
"Having God as an identity maker reduces Him to nothing more than a label, a lingo and a lifestyle - I'm a Christian so I talk like one and act like one. But having God as an identity changer is much, much more. It means I am no longer the person I was before, someone who comes unglued at minor things. I am making imperfect progress. Shifting, breaking away, and being chiseled. I am a woman whose identity has been changed by coming face to face with the One who has the power to completely transform me."
So so true. These words just went start to my core. Some days I just go around saying I am a Christian. But my desire is SO much more. I want go to change me, mold me and mature me in my faith. I desire for every one of the Fruit of the Spirit to be evident in my life. I do no longer want to come unglued when someone does the wrong thing at work, but I want to approach with a humble attitude and help answer questions gently. I do not want to come unglued when my husband does not communicate well and we are going two different directions at one time. I do not want to lose self-control when confronted by the world. But I want to be resolute and stand firm in my faith.
Lord, please continue to work in my life. Plant the seeds of gentleness, self-control, kindness, patience, love, peace, goodness, and joy in my life. Grow them each day and I grow closer and closer to you. Help me to fight off advances of the world and help me to resist the desire to come unglued, unhinged. Help me listen to the Holy Spirit's guiding and quiet my heart. Help me to stay on the right path and not comform to the world around me. Above all Lord, change me and make my identity a witness around me to the love that is in Jesus. Make my life a discipleship.