Friday, March 13, 2009
EXTROVERT OR INTROVERT
If you are an introvert (one who enjoys quiet and with plenty of time to
yourself), being around people non-stop drains you of energy. You begin to feel guilty as you constantly strive for time alone. What you need are spaces in time to read, pray and think. Then you are refreshed, ready to face the demands of family and friends as the needs arise. Yet after being with people again, you want to withdraw to a quiet place.
Extroverts (ones who thrive on being with others), on the other hand, are energized by the activity and conversations which the presence of people brings. They love to be out and about, chatting and enjoying. They almost have to force themselves into a quiet place.
What type was Jesus? According to Scripture, He was a good balance between the two. He loved people. He enjoyed a wedding and teaching the multitudes. But the Scriptures reveal that He often drew apart to be alone with God. Once refreshed and replenished, He was again ready to go out among the people.
Thus, for extroverts and introverts alike, there is no need for guilt. As long as we are sensitive to God’s leading, we will be energized and rested.
But He withdrew to the wilderness and prayed. Matthew 5:16
Heavenly Father, I know that You want me to serve others and I also know that You want to speak to me in the quietness of my heart. Please help me wisely balance the minutes of each day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.