Who do you admire? I admire many people, and they have all earned it. Some are strong and faithful to God in the midst of foreclosure. Some have forgiven and stayed with an unfaithful spouse. Some joyfully praise God while carrying a disease doctors can’t cure. There are so many traits people carry that make me admire them, and they don’t have to be “big”! Some shine pure love on their face whenever they listen to me. Some talk to people who are left out. Some are patient with testy customers. The list is endless! I don’t have to make myself think about them; I automatically do.
Have you noticed that when something is admirable, it usually sticks with you? I remember going to a hospital to visit a relative once. It turned out that they’d already been released and were recovering at home, so I happily walked down the hallway to leave. On my way, I saw a young woman sitting against the wall, face in her hands, praying out loud. I will probably never forget that. She impacted me with her simple, admirable act. What little things do people remember about me? About you? Are they admirable? Are we commended for them?
A wise reminder from 2 Timothy 2:20 & 21: Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel of honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. You can be great and still have some not-so-great things about you; that’s normal! Just keep cleansing, by both prayer and working at it. God can use you more and more as you grow more and more honorable! BUT, remember, He doesn’t love you because of what you do. He just purely loves YOU! He’s proud when you grow, but His love doesn’t change.
Another reminder, this one from Hebrews 11:39: All these, though commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Maybe you’re trying to be good and pure, but it seems nothing comes from it. I’ve been there, slightly AM there. But God tells us, “I have something better than what you’re expecting. It’s just that all the pieces aren’t together yet.” Don’t give up; we will be made perfect someday. Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Proverbs 12:8 says A man is commended according to his good sense. Think about who you admire. What makes them admirable, what you love about them? What comes from their good sense? How can you apply those things to yourself? You will always be uniquely you, don’t sell out to be exactly like someone else, but we should learn from each other. You’ll learn how to improve your weaker points, but you will always be beautifully YOU, and loved for it! God admires you already, in a different way– He sees you and thinks about you with love!