Your mind is amazing. It thinks so fast you don’t know you are thinking.
Like right now.
Your eyes receive light patterns. The patterns are sent to the brain. The brain recognizes the patterns as words. You don’t read the individual letters. You don’t sound out the word. Your brain translates the sentences into meaning without you thinking about thinking. At the end of this article, without thinking, your brain will send a message to read what’s next.
Every day you take a thousand actions without thinking. You make a choice and take action changing your future without thinking. You act on what you believe is good and what is bad without thinking. You justify to yourself your behavior without thinking.
Character is the way you structure your world. Your inside world shows up in your external behavior. It shows up without thinking.
We do not slow down life enough to think about our thinking. We should. Slow down and think about you.
Your soul is the operating system of your life. Your character is how you program your soul. It is the system architecture. Your character is the patterns that come from your soul.
People structure their soul differently: People can’t stand the tension of an open ended problem. They must decide, even if it is the wrong decision. Their heart is in the driver’s seat.
People feel sad and sadness guides their decisions. Or people think someone is a bad person and they withdraw from a relationship. Their mind is in the driver’s seat.
People have an appetite for sugar. They eat a box of Pop-Tarts. They repeat the pattern the next day. Their body is in the driver’s seat.
People want a “significant other.” They take “the first available.” They endure neglect, abuse, and unfaithfulness. Their relational need is in the driver’s seat.
What if you could restructure your character? What if you could restructure your system architecture? What if you could restructure your soul programming? Where would you start? What pattern would you choose?
What if you started with the model of the happiest person who ever lived?
Your objection: I’m not sure Jesus was the happiest person ever. Wasn’t he killed?
Your response: That doesn’t sound very happy to me.
That’s the problem. We define happiness by what happens in a moment. God defines happiness by what happens from birth to infinity.
We don’t know how to define happiness. Jesus did: Happiness is being blessed. Happiness is life fully lived. Happiness is satisfaction. Happiness is being the being God made you to be.
That is exactly who Jesus was. This is exactly who Jesus is.
The more your character is like Jesus’s, the happier you will be. Maybe it’s time for you to slow down, think about your life, and pray to grow a character like Jesus.