Yellow iris

Are you a marigold or a petunia?

It has become a new fad to create and take quizzes that tell you what character you are in a favorite movie, or what kind of fruit or vegetable you are, based on your personal likes and dislikes, habits, and characteristics.

I am not a flower of this trend. Did I just say “flower?” Well, I’m not follower of this trend, either. Maybe you aren’t either, but you may have been curious when the question was asked and you were invited to find out. Are you shy, like a violet? Are you mysterious, like a hellebore? Does your happy, innocent nature mean that you are a daisy?

No man-made quiz will tell you what you don’t already know. I, for one, refuse to find out that my personality is more akin to a Yugo than a Porsche.

This trend it becoming even more ridiculous as the quizzes ask “what Greek god are you?” or “What firearm are you?” I see people who profess Christianity telling their friends what Tarot card represents them. Why would an object from a demonic religion define a Christian?

Of course, one flower would not represent anyone adequately either. If I were to create such a quiz, I might say that our state’s flower, the iris, represents me. I have my ups and downs (the petals of the iris are both upright and drooping). I have a soft heart (the beards of the iris), and I would hope that I could be described as sweet, as the scent of irises are.

Then again, maybe I just like irises!

You probably don’t have to know which color of the rainbow best represents your personality. You only have to follow Christ to the best of your own personal ability. Whatever other similarities exist between you and a particular zoo animal, for instance, would be just that much trivia.

Our goals are not so much to find out what we are like, but to become what we are destined to be — Christlike.

Seeking knowledge is a good thing in general. But there are really only a few things that are important to know.

“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10-11, NASB).

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Christine (Tina) Berglund

Christine lives in middle Tennessee with her husband Gary, a.k.a. "The Yard Boy." They have served churches in eight states where Gary has preached full-time most of their married lives. The children have flown the nest, but they "baby" their plants now, and even get to visit grandchildren once in a while.

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