If you know me, you know that I don’t do well in a room by myself. When taking the Meyer’s Briggs personality profile, when it came to extrovert, I received a score of 100%. I was never a straight A students, so this number was just as much a surprise to me as it may be to you.
I realize a test does not determine who I am, and in no way will I stay confined to what Mr. Meyer’s and Mr. Briggs describe me as, but this is a glimpse of how important people are to my life. Even a test knows that I need people to stay energized, to stay motivated.
As I sit in a coffee shop in Shasta Lake City, watching as a grown man walks the streets in a bunny costume, yeah, that’s a real thing, I am reminded of how if I am able to score 100% extrovert, some other person is capable of scoring 100% introvert.
If I am on one extreme of the extrovert introvert spectrum, there must be some crazy amount of combinations in between. This is just one aspect of who I am, of who we are as people. My favorite color is blue, yours might be red. I love hamburgers, you may like hot dogs. I like coffee, you may enjoy a cup full of earl grey tea. There are so many details that determine our make up, determine what makes us happy, and what makes us sad.
As I sit in a coffee shop in Shasta lake city, sipping my coffee I am reminded how diffe
rent we all are, and how important it is to not shy
away from differences, but to embrace
them, to find out a person’s story, finding out what makes them the person they are. In
community we must not surround ourselves with people who think and act exactly how we do, always agreeing with what we have to say but instead it is important that we embrace those that challenge our thoughts, driving us deeper into scripture, deeper into God’s word.
I had a friend in college who demonstrated this idea to me. We always joked that he could make an argument out of nothing. I remember times that he even disagreed with h
is argument, but it was important to him that we look at all angles. This friend always challenged the norm, he challenged the way we thought. At first this was frustrating, I didn’t get why he always had to have an opinion, I didn’t get that it was okay to not agree. Over time these arguments helped me realize that we aren’t always going to see eye to eye. It challenged me to discover why I thought the way I did, it made me dig deeper, it made me have a defense for my beliefs. I no longer was able to blindly believe, but instead, I grew in my relationship with God, I read His word, I spent hours praying for guidance, I started understanding what I was raised to believe, and this life I was living became everything to me. It was in our differences that we were both able to grow.
Ephesians 4 talks about walking worthy of the calling. We were called to one body, one faith, one Father and God of all. Our job is to take this walk together, in unity, we are one body, one church. We may worship different, we may be hand raisers, we may not be able to clap in rhythm. There is one way to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ, instead of tearing other believers and other Christ following church’s down, let’s walk in unity, challenging each other to dig deeper into the Word of God, so that we can know Him more personally, more intimately.
These difference are what make the body, our thumb cannot replace the function of our nose, just as my role in the Kingdom is no more or less significant than a person who travels the world sharing the word of God. We were all created with purpose, may we choose to grow in these differences us, challenging each other to go deeper.
As I sit in a coffee shop in Shasta Lake City, I am encouraged to know we will not always have the answers, but we will have the answer. I am encouraged that I serve a God who desires to know me personally. I look forward in anticipation to see how He works in my life, and my prayer is that this post challenges you to be stretched, that it encourages conversation, and that through it you may be challenged to seek God in a way you have not before.