Hello, Amazing Mini-Women! Asher has been sharing her artwork and special comments with us for a while now, and today she’s making her debut with her first whole blog post. Let’s hear it for our own ASHER!
Hey there, Tribelet! It’s Asher here, with my first full blog post. The topic? Whatever is admirable.
Have you ever met that girl that seems to have it all – you know, the one with a bevy of popular friends, who seems to effortlessly make straight A’s and look perfect when she gets out of bed each morning…. the list goes on. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wish I could be like that, and then feel inferior with my not-so-perfect life.
The truth is, it isn’t fair to compare ourselves to others when we know our own messes inside out, but only see the outside of theirs. Admiring someone doesn’t mean trying to measure up to or compete with them. It’s simply appreciating and being encouraged by the person they are.
So then, what makes an admirable person?
- Someone who is real. The world often puts pressure on us to act like we have it all together, but what’s truly admirable is someone who has the courage to be honest about their flaws and difficulties.
- Someone who brings the best in you. Maybe it’s your best friend, who you can always be yourself with, or your cousin who always encourages you to keep writing (or doing whatever activity you enjoy!)
- Someone who strives to be like Jesus – think fruits of the spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
If you know admirable people in your life, try to get to know them better and learn from them if you can! You might also want to tell them what you admire about them and why to make their day.
One admirable person we all know is Jesus: our ultimate example. After all, he’s been through what we have – and did it perfectly. Here are a few ways you can become more like Him:
- Learn about Him. Just like you’d spend time getting to know someone you admire, you can find out more about Jesus’ admirable qualities through reading the Bible.
If you struggle with deciding where or how to start reading your Bible, you’re not alone! One thing I’ve found helpful is reading verses about a particular topic. For example, if you decided to learn more about Jesus’ patience since your little brother has been getting on your nerves lately, you could look up Bible passages or verses about patience online, or use the index at the back of your Bible.
Here’s what an index might look like in your Bible.
If it helps, you could also make a list of admirable qualities you notice in your Talking-To-God Journal!
- Pray and write about what you’re learning in your Talking-To-God Journal.
- Surround yourself with pure things and others who also strive to be like Jesus. (If you’d like to learn more about this, you can read Nancy’s ‘Whatever Is Pure’ post!)
- Take action. We’ve been exploring Philippians 4:8 in this series, but the verse after it is also worth looking at:
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9
So, if you’ve been reading about how Jesus is kind, try to find something kind you can do in your life – like including the new girl at school, or volunteering at your local homeless soup kitchen.
Becoming more like Jesus definitely doesn’t happen overnight, so don’t be discouraged if you end up lashing out at your brother or ignoring the new girl because you don’t want to be made fun of. After all, Jesus spent thirty years growing before he began his ministry – so be patient and keep learning and growing and trying!
In your Talking-To-God Journal this week, you might want to write about ways you’d like to become more like Jesus – maybe a specific quality, like faithfulness. Secondly, ask God to help you put that into action so you can become more like Him each day!
And in your comments, we’d love for you to share: Who’s someone you find admirable, and what’s a quality you admire in them? How could you try to live out that quality this week? Looking forward to hearing from you all!
P.S. Also tell ASHER how you liked her post. Me? I appreciate the way she gives us practical steps to take. We can DO this! Nancy