Susan Cain in this video does a great job bringing a clear distinction between introversion, extraversion, a new idea known to me called ambiversion. I’ve been thinking a lot about personality over the last month on top of what I talked about in my last blog entry. I really wanna tie this idea of personality and our identity in Christ. I will first talk about myself. When I was young, I didn’t go out and hangout with a lot of people. I wasn’t a loner but I definitely did not spend a lot of time with a lot of people. Something happened though when I first started college back in 2002. It’s like I entered a social experiment where I was always around a lot of people. This went on till for the most past probably till recently. I realized that I was missing a big part of my life. I was missing the rest that comes in solitude.
Many times some behaviors are learned and kept do to insecurity. Many times people who are really introverted try to become extraverted or at least on the outside because they don’t know who they are and how they were created. Susan Cain mentioned this how this happened in her own life. I believe that happens to many people. About a month ago, I was talking to a friend who told me that most of his life he was always tested as extraverted until something happened. He had experienced a time of freedom of some issues in his heart. He told me that he realized that much of his life he actually dealt with an attitude of people pleasing. Once he overcame this issue in his life he became and even tested as introverted. He told me that he was missing solitude in his life and once he entered into solitude he was so much more whole in his life.
So I want to celebrate people who are looked down upon for their introversion. As Susan Cain says the world needs introverted people. I just want to champion those people who do not want to be around people all the time. They are the thinkers of the world. Many of them have been the world changers of the world. They are the ones that actually want to see change in the world not by trying to overload people but because they want to do what is right. I still consider myself somewhat of an extrovert but I challenge extroverts out there to look for that introverted part of yourself and listen to it. No in the world is purely introverted or extraverted.
Susan Cain talked to the people who have the best of both worlds. The Ambivert. As I look at Jesus’ life, he was the most perfect and balanced human being ever to walk this earth. He was always with people teaching, ministering and discipling. However, he would wake up early in the morning to go into solitude away from the disciples. Jesus knew who He was and what he needed to do to be himself. I’ve seen in my own life that when freedom truly comes in your life, you start embracing the parts of you that you either ignored or seemed liked the unpopular thing to do. All of this can be fixed once we truly know our identity in Christ. To tie this my last blog entry, let us find freedom first in our identity in Christ and then and only then can we embrace the way we were made.
by Andrew Farley from The Naked Gospel
Within the last month or so the reality of my identity in Christ has been on the forefront of my mind. Growing up in this world there are so many experiences that shape us into the people that we are. At times we recognize the flaws that we may see or even hone on the differences we have with other people. As time goes along, there is a tendency to identify our lives with these perceived negatives things. The truth of the matter is when we realized that God created us for a purpose and start looking at our lives as God sees us, there is a freedom that comes to our hearts. We are wired and shaped for a reason. We need to start recognizing the things that God has made to be already. This is something that God has ignited in my life in recent months. I’ve realized that people can tend to float into a reality that is based founded in fantasy. When one really becomes honest with oneself and starts living in truth there is a freedom that explodes on the inside.
When I mean truth. I mean truth in all areas of our lives. I firmly feel that truth should first come from our identity in Christ. When we truly find that and fully experience it in our hearts, we see that our life really is free from this world. In Romans 8, Paul talks about being transformed by the way we think. When we start thinking about who I truly am in Christ then freedom. It is recognizing that I am nothing without Christ. I am not just loved by God. He actually likes me for who I am. Growing up many feel like they aren’t really liked by people because of negative experiences in relationship(s), i.e. parental, siblings, friendships, etc. So the tendency of people is to be defined by the rejection one has faced. This is not the case all the time, but it can depend on the way experiences are perceived throughout life. However when you realize that you am truly loved and actually liked by the Creator the universe, that changes everything. Out of the overflow of that, it should really change our perception of others into how God sees them.
Also one should understand the way they are wired. Sometimes this is hard because some people don’t like to be put in boxes. However, when you really get to know who you are and how you are wired then you realize that you were created that way. Some of the things we dislike about ourselves are sometimes a struggle between being like someone else and not like ourselves. God created us for a purpose and created with personalities that reflect that. Don’t get me wrong. We are not born perfect and we will need to work on things that are part of us, but at the same time we need embrace who we have been created to be. Insecurity is rooted lies that we have believed about God, ourselves, and others. When we live the truth of who Christ is and who we are in him, everything changes. I encourage everybody, if we could embrace this not just as an understanding in our heads but as an experience in our hearts it will bring upon incredible freedom. From there, the idea of living in truth goes into friendships and relationship(s). It is there that I have seen so much fruit in recent months and days.
I guess my final comment would be, keep firm in your identity in Christ and it will effect everything else in your life.
Mr and Mrs Anthony Demoro!!!
So I had the privilege of being in my friend, Anthony’s, wedding this past weekend. Well it started with a 20 hour drive down to Panama City, Fl from NJ. The drive down itself wasn’t that bad. When we finally got down there a few of us spent a few hours cutting strips of tulle for the wedding. It was hilarious because after driving for that long we were delusional while cutting the tulle…and definitely made a lot of mistakes. The next day or so was just a great time hanging out with Anthony, Heather, and the rest of the Bridal party. It was great just sharing, laughing, and reminiscing from the past. It was so good. Then it was Saturday. The day of the wedding started out great. The guys all had breakfast together at this awesome breakfast place called Andy’s flour Power Cafe and Bakery. It was run by a NYC local. The best cheese grit I’ve ever had. So good. After that, it was time to get ready for the ceremony. We all got to the church and started changing. As we got ready we waited in a back room in the church for 3 hours before it was time for the ceremony. As we waited and let the time pass I observed Anthony and he seemed so calm and collective. I knew though that inside he had a lot of emotions. This was a day that he had been waiting for for a long time. He had prayed hard and long for a woman that he could spend the rest of his life with. I remember being there during those days, but God gave him someone. God gave him Heather. Heather was a perfect partner for him. Heather was beaming when she came down the aisle and Anthony was tearing up as he saw his bride as any groom should.
I just wanted to say again Congratulations to you guys.
Thanks for letting me be part of it and also letting me “make it legal” . I bless you guys as the Lord takes you on this journey of life together.
Also to Pastor Phil – Namaste to you too
Worship in Redding, CA
So I was in Redding, CA all last week for a travel class that I’m taking called Kingdom Holiness. The class was a conference being held at Risen King Community Church in Redding, CA. The conference was life changing for many of the 30 some ATS students that came. As a class we were empowered to live lives that were like Christ’s. Worship was amazing. The worship was led by Aaron Wardle, Andrew Randall, Bethel Church’s Jeremy Riddle, and our very own Kelvin Walker. Many of us experienced a freedom in worship that we haven’t experienced before. We heard several messages that articulated what holiness is and how it is fleshed out. The tagline of the conference would sum it perfectly.
So this is Stuart Greaves and he is one of my favorite Bible teachers. I had the privilege to be part of an internship that he brought leadership to about 3 years ago. This idea of the knowledge of God was something he talked about often while I was there. The idea of going after the knowledge of God honestly is such a simple idea but I’ve seen that in my own life it is not a easy way. It will take all your time and energy to go after. There is a verse that he would a lot while I was.
Proverbs 25:2 – It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
Take time to search out the knowledge of God cause in Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
It being the end of the semester, I find myself seeing how much I’ve procrastinated this semester. Even as I write this blog entry, I’m procrastinating from writing 3 different papers that’s due this week. As I think about it, why is it that I purposely put off things till the last minute. I really have no real answer but I do know that somehow I always get the work done. I do wish that I would overbear myself with all this work every time. So all of you out there that have final papers, projects, and exams, I will say do your work now, don’t wait. You’ll save a lot on energy and sleep.