Midday blog: That’s The Way God Made Me
I recently read a blog post on myths about introverts. Myth #3 read: “Introverts are rude.” That one stopped me. In my opinion, at those times when an introvert stares back and doesn’t connect, seemingly shutting down, there might be the appearance of rudeness. But how about extraverts – at times loud, controlling, interruptive, and smugly self-assured – they aren’t rude as well?
It got me wondering if we both – introverts/extraverts – don’t share inclinations, while exhibiting them differently. Hey, both types are high maintenance! Extraverts may wait and wait, sometimes mentally starting their Christmas list or patiently waiting a day or two while the introvert processes an idea. Introverts may sputter as the crashing, loud, boisterous wave of an extravert’s latest idea, observation or commentary washes over them, leaving them to regain the stability of that internal space in which they thrive.
Enough of “you vs. me” snobbery. In our young family we had a phrase that each of us employed when necessary: “Well, that’s how God made me!” Hey, who could argue with that! Let’s all take a sip of our sweet tea and breathe in and out a few times. Do we really want to go on seeing each other as a threat and feeling misunderstood? I love this little saying: “We are here to love each other, serve each other, and uplift each other.” Amen. Whatever it takes. Maybe that’s debunking myths, maybe it’s internalizing the fruit of God’s Spirit in Galatians 5:22, 23, maybe it’s taking a breath and affirming, “That’s how God made me, and that’s how He made you!”
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Jesus, in the Gospel of John, chapter 13, verse 35
Melinda Schmidt is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and holds a Broadcasting/Bible degree from Calvary Bible College. She has served with Moody Radio since 1980 in various hosting capacities. Married with two young adult children, Melinda lives outside Chicago, loves reading, developing her creative interests and hopes to be a life-long learner. Twitter: @melindaschmidt