Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Place at the Table

"... I am convinced that introverts are an important ingredient in the antidote to what ails evangelicalism. Our slower pace of life, our thoughtfulness, our spiritual and intellectual depth, and our listening abilities are prophetic qualities for the evangelical community, calling us to a renewed understanding of God and a fresh reading on the abundant life Jesus came to give us.

Yet because of the extroverted bias in many of our churches, introverts are leading double lives. We are masquerading as extroverts in order to find acceptance, yet we feel displaced and confused. We are weary of fighting our introversion, and we long to live faithfully as the people we were created to be."
- - McHugh - -

God's invitation? To discover who He's designed each of us to be.
{Hint - it probably won't be anything at all like the one sitting next to me.}

In order to live with joy and purpose, we need to embrace our uniqueness and idiosyncrasies. And discover what our gifts are.  {Hint - they'll give us joy as we use them.}

And then grab on to those opportunities to serve Him and others that will begin to unfold.

No need to compare me to you, or you to me, or me to the one over there. "When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise" {2 Corinthians 10:12}.

Whatever our temperament or design, be it introverted or extroverted, the church is a place where we are called to complement each other so we can unite together to do the urgent work He's called us to do.

Time's too short to spend it comparing ourselves with each other.

There is a place at the table for you.
Linda

7 comments:

  1. I checked out the introvert book on CBD. Isn't it magnificent when a book touches your soul and brings things to light. I call those kind of books my mentors. I might read it so that I can understand introverts cause I think I am an extrovert.

    {via email}

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  2. Loved, loved, loved "Introverts in the Church" ... it was a game-changer for me ... turned my life around as I began to discover and embrace how God created me to be!

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  3. Oh, this post was meant for me...

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  4. SO glad you linked to this post from (in)courage! Thanks so much for inviting us to sit at the table with you.

    I'm an introvert, too. I can do the extrovert thing, but in order to feel restored, I need to spend time alone. If I'm going to be able to offer my best, I need time to myself.

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  5. So much freedom comes when we finally understand how God created us, and stop trying to fit ourselves into everyone else's mold! Maybe that's when He really is able to use us, because we live in authenticity and joy ...

    Thanks for stopping by, Katie and Deidra!

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  6. Being introverted myself, I have often find it hard to find my place within the church. Often there's the pressure to conform to style of those who are extroverted.

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  7. Check out introvertedchurch.com!

    "We make it our goal to please Him ..." I love Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 5:9! We get freed up to serve Christ instead of trying to please everyone else around us, which always ends up being a lose/lose situation.

    You're in good company, Wanda!

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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