We are called to be like Christ. Quite daunting when you consider who Jesus was and is: caring, kind, patient, wise, long-suffering, sanguine (optimistic, positive), peaceful -- and the list goes on and one (He is God after all......).
In my efforts at discipleship, I feel overwhelmed at times when I realize how far from being like Christ I really am. One thing that I have been trying for a while, and seems to be working, is trying to improve one thing at a time. I set micro-goals. I look at my own life (considering personality traits/flaws, circumstances, stage of life) and determine what one thing I can do better. I would tell you what I'm working on now, but then I'd have to be super-accountable and I don't know if I'm to that stage of Christ-likeness yet.
So, what's the point? That I'm a better person? That I'm nicer to be around? That I represent God well? Actually, no. It is so that God is glorified and the world is a better place. Being like Jesus gives those around us the gift of seeing a little of Jesus each day -- co-workers, friends, family, neighbors and even strangers. Who doesn't need more unconditional love in their day?
Your fellow disciple - Cynthia