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What’s Your Hallmark?

Food for the Spirit
July 1, 2013 / By / , , , , , / Post a Comment

What is a hallmark?

–a distinguishing characteristic, trait, or feature
–a mark or device placed or stamped on an article of trade to indicate origin, purity, or genuineness

Last week, I heard the word “hallmark” 3 times. One time was an expectant mother talking about how the “hallmark” of her pregnancy has been the baby’s movement. The other two were gents describing the hallmark characteristics of different life journeys.

After those discussions, I thought, “I wonder what’s my “hallmark?” I thought about what I wanted to be my hallmark–or how people saw me, or what traits I offer the world. The traits I want to exude are ones from my Father–God Himself. So that brought me to this question: What’s God’s hallmark? What is his distinguishing characteristic or trait? How can you boil down the Creator of the Universe into a hallmark characteristic?

What would you say is His hallmark feature?

If I could boil it down to one characteristic…it would be love. God’s love encapsulates every good characteristic, trait, and promise. It says in 1 John 4:8 that God is love. His love is unconditional and unending. It is confidence and assurance in ALL circumstances and areas of our lives. His love is patience, forgiveness, grace, favor, gentleness, kindness, provision, peace (which means everything whole and complete), health, and deliverance. Did I miss any? His love is all good things and every perfect gift. (James 1:17)

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So then I so very much want my hallmark, my distinguishing characteristic to be one of God’s. How bout you? What would you say is your hallmark feature? Does it bear resemblance of your Father? Do you bear the “stamp” of God Himself?

When you leave a room, what’s the hallmark, or stamp that’s left from your presence? Do you leave a sweet-smelling aroma (2 Corinthians 2:15) or a light of hope? I have been thinking so much about that. If I were to identify my hallmark, I would say I have a LOT of zeal and passion, with a sprinkle of joy. How bout you? Which facet of God do you display to the world?

I think of people who I’m drawn to, and when I identify what it is I like about them, it always ends up being a characteristic of God’s love they are embodying. I’m drawn to my husband for his strength and humor. (among many things) God is those things, too. I’m drawn to strong yet gentle women full of joy and truth–those are also characteristics of God. How bout you?

My challenge to you–identify your hallmark. If it’s negative, spend time with God, and He’ll soften your edges and heart to make you more like Him–love. Now don’t go and beat yourself up–but be aware that you do leave a hallmark wherever you go–and we can choose to make it a life-giving, God-like characteristic. He has so many facets of love, and I guarantee you that you embody ONE of them! The bible says we are made exactly like Him (Gen. 1:27)–so truly we contain all of those facets of love. When we call on Jesus as our Lord, it says that He Himself is deposited into our spirits. So we have Jesus Himself living within us. He is our hallmark. Now we just need to exude Him!

What an honor it is to exude a hallmark of God! I am so grateful for what He’s shown me, and more importantly, for showing me WHO He truly is. When that happens, our hallmarks change. His love changes every dark place, every dry place. I went from a hallmark of “party til I drop” to one of substance–“joy and dancing and singing thankfulness from God showering me with love.” From “fun at any cost” to “Jesus at any cost,” which is the true source of joy and fun. Lastly, and I know it was selfish, but I was needing “everyone to love me,” and it changed to “I need to love everyone regardless of how they feel about me.” I could go on and on, but you can clearly see my hallmarks have changed! Now let God show you more of Himself, so you can show the world more of Him.

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