Again it’s that time of week when we link up with Faith Barista for her Faith Jam.
This week’s question was, can your faith affect your personality?
Well my first answer to this question was going to be No; my faith doesn’t affect who I am. Then I took a good look at the person I have become since finding my faith and the answer has to be YES.
As a Christian I try to live my life following the example set by Jesus, this of course is far from easy. I am sinful by nature from Eve’s legacy. Living a life true to our faith requires compassion, loyalty honesty and love. Things which I have to admit I have missing at times.
So yes I can see that living a life by faith has changed who I am, my personality a lot more than I realised. The biggest change I believe is in the way I react to situations, things that are out of my control. I would have reacted with temper and frustration; words would have been out of my mouth before I would have considered the consequences. Now before I react I try to remember to ask myself, what would Jesus do? This brings my behaviour and temper into check; it changes my response to many matters.
Along with the changes to my nature, I have found that my faith has brought me peace. That inner harmony of knowing that I’m not on my own! Whatever life throws at me I have Jesus in my corner, by my side. You could never imagine how much this knowledge has given me, the strength I have taken from it over the last two years. When I lost my daughter the truth that she was safe in the arms of Jesus was the reason I could continue, why I still can.
After writing this I laugh at the arrogance of my first answer. That I believed who I am is down to my own doing. When in reality I couldn’t be further from the truth. My beliefs form a large part of who I am, who I wish to follow.
I wish I could say that I live a life true to my faith, but perfection is not within my grasp. The journey towards this is full of twists and turns and crossroad and I at times simply get lost.
Yet that doesn’t stop me from trying to travel the right path. The knowledge of God’s grace and Jesus’ amazing sacrifice gives me the strength and the courage to try again.
Wow, thanks again to Bonnie at Faith Barista for providing me an opportunity to look closer at myself and question who I am and why?