Being an introvert

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I sometimes see myself as an introvert. I may not be as far along as some people, and I still enjoy some exposure to crowds of people, but at heart I gain energy and perspective in solitude. My first reaction to a crowd is to run away to find a place of quiet. I love and enjoy people, but do better with small groups than large ones.

I believe that God made me introverted. It seems clear that some of us are naturally more outgoing while others are naturally inclined to be quiet. I am naturally quiet and this is part of God’s good design.

Both introverts and extroverts will face particular temptations to sin. My temptation as an introvert is to run away from people instead of serve people. It is to be selfish instead of giving.

God made many different types of personalities, and He gave us all a multitude of special strengths to use for His glory. While many men and women of the Bible seem to be extroverts, we also hear that a gentle and quiet spirit is very precious in God’s sight…

“You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God” 1 Peter 3 vs 4

… and that we should be quick to hear and slow to speak

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry” James 1 vs19

We should use what we have been given, not try to hide it and force ourselves to attempt to gain what comes naturally to others.

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