Last night after submitting my online homework at 11:51 p.m. (it was due at 11:59 p.m.) I stumbled upon a blog that took about an hour and a half of my time. I was looking for some writing tips, ideas, and suggestions and I found a plethora of information at Daily Post.

I eventually made myself close my laptop and place it next to my bed before quickly falling asleep. About midday today I found myself telling a friend about this wealth of information I recently discovered. After she left I immediately got onto my computer and started ingesting more stuff from this wonderful blog. One of the cool things about this page is that they provide a daily writing prompt. Today’s prompt is the following:

A writer once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If this is true, which five people would you like to spend your time with?

This statement causes me to think about two things. First, it makes me think about the kind of person I want to be. The prompt asks what five people I would like to spend my time with, but I am going to deviate from that just a bit. Instead, I have identified five characteristics that I hope I am marked by:

  1. I hope to be a genuine person
    I want to be the real deal, whatever that means. In whatever I do, I desire that my motives be clear. I never want there to be a disconnect between my actions and my heart. I specifically want my laughter to be genuine, which leads me to my next characteristic.
  2. I hope to be a humorous person
    I absolutely love laughing!  Laughter brings me much joy. I thoroughly enjoy making and hearing other people laugh, too. A few months ago a senior adult man came up to me during the week and commented on how unhappy I looked on Sunday morning as I stood at the front of the Worship Center waiting to collect the offering. That did not set well with me. I want to always be smiling and I want to cause others to smile.
  3. I hope to be a faithful person
    First, I want to be faithful to Jesus. I want to follow him and represent him in a way that will bring glory, and honor, and praise to him. I want to one day hear, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant. In my daily actions I want to be pointing others to Jesus. I also want to be faithful to my family, to my friends, and to my church. I want them to be proud of me. I want to treat them with respect and to defend them when necessary.
  4. I hope to be an honest person
    I want to mean the words that are coming out of my mouth. I want people to be able to trust me. I want to be a good steward of the things that have been entrusted to me. Whether it be my finances, my time, my service, my skills, or my talents…I want to be honest in all of those things.
  5. I hope to be a content person
    Being an American, of which I am proud of, it is extremely easy for me to be envious of material things. I see a new car on television, and I want it! I watch the Food Network, and I want that food! I go to Dillard’s and I want a new shirt! I go to Hobby Lobby and I want everything! I have somehow convinced myself that I could use everything that Hobby Lobby has. How? I do not know. I just know that I want it. I should be content.

Secondly, it causes me to reflect on the people who I do spend the most time with and dwelling on these relationships causes me to be thankful for each person that I get to share life with. I am absolutely confident that I am undeserving of all of my relationships. As I think about my friends, I can identify the characteristics listed above in each of them.

So, who is in your Circle of Five?

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