Wednesday, April 13, 2011

That's Just the way I Am

All of us have personality weaknesses. For example, I am not a naturally patient person, so I could just give myself a pass and say, "That’s just the way I am."

But the Bible teaches me that a fruit of the Spirit is patience, so I can't use my personality weakness as a defense. Rather, I have to work harder at learning to be patient and make it a matter of earnest, daily prayer.

Often people use—"That's just the way I am"—as an excuse for not facing their faults. But until we're willing to look in God's mirror, his Word, and recognize the areas that need improvement, we will keep missing out on God's best for our lives.

What areas in your life have you been excusing or ignoring with this common copout? Is it your sharp tongue? Or your lazy streak? Or your tendency to be late? Whether it's something minor or major, as long as you justify yourself with "That's the way I am, " you'll never have victory in that area of your life.

I encourage you to get rid of the ploy "That's the way I am," and ask God to continue to transform you into the image of Jesus Christ with ever-increasing glory.


  1. I have recognized a bad habit of bitter and resentful thinking. I find myself going down a negative track and am trying to put on the brakes (or de-rail it altogether!) and be more controlled in my thinking. I am trying to develop a habit of thinking on scripture, but I need to be much more mindful and deliberate in the effort.

  2. Breaking a habit takes a lot of hard work. Bravo for making the decision to begin to change!