I took a Facebook quiz – one of those where a website looks at your Facebook information and comes up with some supposed insights about you – and it gave me this:
You might think that last one is a stretch, but it’s based on reality. In high school I was voted class clown. True story and well-earned. I’m not so clownish any longer, I suppose, and I’d also say those other points aren’t what I’d choose for self-description either. Who knows; maybe that website’s algorithm has better insights on me than I do?
When it comes to qualities I’d like, though, I wouldn’t choose the ones in that graphic first. It’s not that they’re bad qualities. They just aren’t my first pick.
If I were to choose qualities I’d like to see in myself I’d go with this list:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23.)
This fruit is what leads to the good traits in that fun graphic above, but they also lead to so much more. This is fruit born of God the Holy Spirit. This is fruit – the work of God in us – that makes it possible for us to say we are found in the Son and desire to be identified with him always. It is this fruit that shows the love of God in our lives as we in turn love those around us in fulfillment of Jesus’ final words to his friends and followers.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35.)
The quality I want more than any is love. After all, God always loves me and it is his love that gives me a desire to even try to love others.
We love because he first loved us. (John 4:19.)
That’s better than the results of a Facebook quiz any day.