I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;your works are wonderful, I know that full well. — Psalm 139:14
You know what really bugs me sometimes, okay well maybe most of my life is how people judge me. I am an introvert, a person who is an observer by nature. I am a behind the scenes gal. I love to teach and certainly don’t mind being in a leadership role, but I crave the solitary moments in my life where I can read, write, or just watch my cats play.
Speaking in front of crowd is exhilarating to me and at the same time I love deep conversations about life and especially about the awesome role God plays in our lives. I’ve learned that the type of conversations I enjoy, most people are not interested in or they become uncomfortable when they have to dig too deep. This bothers me and most of the time I keep conversations to a minimum. I’m okay with being the quiet one.
As I grow older, I’ve grown more comfortable in my own skin. I still get irked every now and then by people not “trying” to understand me while on the other hand I’m always observing and making note of what other people need and enjoy. You know it’s okay. The more I grow in Christ and I understand God made me the way I am. I am his vessel and in whatever manner he wants me to represent Him to the people around me, I will.
I will continue to be that listening ear and the one whose shoulder is there for another to cry upon. I will continue to be the one when I speak, to truly speak the truth in love. I will continue to sit back and observe those around me, noting their hurt and their joy. In their pain, I will come by their side with no one looking or even when their not looking, minister to their needs without expecting something in return. Most of all, being the quiet one, I pray in those solitary times I crave that I always remember even Jesus went off to himself to be revived through his time with his Father.
This post today was sparked by an article someone sent me today. I found it interesting to learn about other introverts like me. Did you know Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods were introverts? Wow – and look what these two have accomplished in their careers. Never judge a person for being the quiet one.
Brian Kim writes….
Introverts have a lot to bring to the table. They have an amazing ability to discover new thoughts, an uncanny ability to focus, to concentrate, to connect the dots, to observe and note things that most people miss, to listen extremely well and are often found having a rich and vivid imagination too.
The more extroverts become knowledgeable about introverts, the less tension and misunderstanding there will be among the two.
I encourage you to read, Top 5 Things Every Extrovert Should Know About Introverts. Be enlightened by the fact that God made everyone unique. Everyone is NOT supposed to act the same.
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. The Quiet One.
BTW, thanks for letting me vent today.