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Don't touch that personality!

Posted on 6/11/2017 by Greg Yoder

We as parents need to influence the behavior and character traits of our kids. But personality, well, that’s different. For example, my youngest daughter—she is a planner. She’s got to know what’s going on. She also is a little sarcastic. (Not sure where she got that from.) My middle daughter is a giver. She pulls for the underdog. My oldest daughter—a perfectionist. If you want something done right, she’s going to do it. My son—Mr. Loyalty. Obviously, good qualities taken too far need to be reigned in. But basic personality isn’t evil. As somebody said, personality is sacred—because it bears the fingerprints of God Himself. Job says it best, though, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4 ESV).

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.

Suggested Reading: Job 33:4

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