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God Created You to Be an Amazing Introvert or Extrovert – Encouragement for Today – September 15, 2020

Holley GerthSeptember 15, 2020

God Created You to Be an Amazing Introvert or Extrovert
HOLLEY GERTH

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I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. Psalm 139:14 (CEV)

Are there moments of your life that feel like photographs in your mind? You remember every detail. You can recall what you were wearing. When you think back, you tell yourself, That was when everything started to change.

One of mine happened at a campus ministry meeting in college. I sat cross-legged on gray carpet in an old building that smelled like coffee. I wore a red shirt and jean shorts. It was then I heard the word introvert for the first time.

I instantly felt less alone and more understood. But for years, my understanding of being an introvert still focused on what I didnt like (small talk) or didnt want to do (go to parties every night). But thats not the whole story, or even the most important part, of being an introvert or extrovert.

Maybe youve struggled with self-doubt too. You might be an introvert whos been told youre too quiet. Or maybe youre an extrovert whos heard, Quiet down! Either way, what I want you to know today is that God made us introverts and extroverts intentionally.

Ive now spent years as a counselor, life coach and author studying why were introverts and extroverts. The short version: Its not because of our personalities but because of ways were physically wired, especially in our brains and nervous systems. I believe God created introverts and extroverts as a complementary pairing, each with gifts and tremendous potential.

Because our culture leans a bit more pro-extrovert right now, its often harder for introverts to embrace that truth. But I believe its essential not just for individual introverts but for those around us too.

After that moment in college, I still spent a long time trying to be someone I wasnt, and it took me to the brink of burnout. Whether youre an introvert or extrovert, maybe youve done the same. I now know true freedom and joy come not from trying to become someone else, but by embracing who God created us to be.

You are one of a kind. There has never been another you, and there never will be. Every detail of who you are was designed by God. He crafted your quietness. He came up with your crazy laugh. He made you empathetic or enthusiastic, creative or concrete, a deep thinker or fast talker. Nothing about you is a mistake or an accident.

The opposite of self-doubt isnt pride; its holy confidence. As the psalmist said, I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt (Psalm 139:14). When we understand who we are, it leads to praise and empowers us to fulfill our God-given purpose.

I wish I could go back to that college girl in jean shorts. Id take her by the hand, lift her up, look her in the eyes and say, You have nothing to prove. You dont need to change. Youre already loved. Dare to be who you truly are.

Whether youre an introvert or extrovert, Im saying the same to you today.

God, thank You for creating me in a wonderful way and reminding me that I am loved today. Give me the courage to be who I am and to help others do the same. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Galatians 6:4-5, Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Dont be impressed with yourself. Dont compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. (MSG)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Are you an introvert? Or do you love, lead or share life with one? Then youll enjoy Holleys insightful new book, The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to Be You! (Its also a great book club pick.) And this is your last chance to get more than $75 of free bonuses when you order. Get your book and bonuses before theyre gone!

CONNECT:
None of us are 100% introvert or extrovert. To find out how much introvert you have in you, take Holleys free, one-minute quiz, What Percent Introvert Are You?.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What self-doubts have you struggled with in the past? Whats the truth about who God says you are today and always?

2020 by Holley Gerth. All rights reserved.

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