28 comments on “Naked Before God in Community: But I’m an Introvert!

  1. I, too, am an introvert (ISJT) with an introvert rating of 72% (being generous at that). Like you, I feel comfortable when asked to speak in front of a group, but prefer the solitude of my hikes; in fact, if I don’t go on walkabout twice a month I get downright unlivable.

    I think why I do well in front of a group is that it’s an impersonal situation, I’m not interacting with a single person, or a small group, so I can depersonalize the situation. Put me into a situation where I have to deal one-on-one (or anything less than 20) and I’m headed for the hills before I’ve finished my first drink.

    That’s one of the reasons I like blogging, very impersonal for me. I can relation sort of one-on-one, like here, because you’re not really here, it’s just me and a keyboard. IMO! I am the way God made me, why He did so is known only to Him, but I figure it fits into His plan somehow, and I’m fine with that…so long as He and I don’t have to do a one-on-one. 😉

    • Yep. For me one-on-one is hard, small groups are harder (I lead 4 of those) and being “up front” is a cakewalk. I think that in my case, public speaking has always been easy because I started doing it before anyone told me it was scary (true story). It really isn’t rational, but then these things often aren’t.

      • Speaking in front of people, for me, started when my church needed someone to help the aging priest do the readings for the early morning liturgy. I grew up in a steel town, so on Sunday he had two early liturgies, one for those headed to work, one for those coming home. He figured that was the only way to get them into church. Those going would be in the mill all day, and those coming home weren’t going to come back at 10, they needed to get to bed. No one else wanted to get up for those liturgies, so I was “volunteered.:

  2. There are so many of us out here who identify with your post. I cringe when called upon to participate in social gatherings of any kind or public events. The only way I can cope is to ask God to give me courage to “power through it”! He always blesses my sincere efforts to share whatever He has given me to His glory. I try to focus on that. Great postings and thank you for encouraging the brethren.

  3. ” If we recognize that our apparent disadvantage is actually an advantage, with a little effort and a degree of faith, we can let God do amazing “naked” things in and through us.”

    This is so true of all of us! I am an introvert, and for many years fought against all that I am, because I thought there was something wrong with me. It is hard to explain how much I love people and look for Jesus in them… however cannot “connect” at all in a social gathering. One on one relationship and mercy are my gifts. We all were designed for a specific purpose, and all of our gifts and service work together.

    My prayer now is that the Lord lead me and work through me to touch those he places in my path, especially when I am weak or unaware.

    Bernadette

  4. Steven B must have the gift of knowledge because being naked before God in community is terrifying. At least it is to me.

  5. If someone would have told me ten years ago that today I would be teaching the bible to my pastor’s mother in a small group I would have never believed it. We had group today. It turned out amazing. One of the attendees lost her daughter recently and it was a mother’s day theme. Yes, I do think it is wonderful what He does.

  6. Nice post Don

    I am ok with public speaking as long as I know the subject matter. For me going to a group meeting kind of bores me more than anything else. Knowing that I may be with a bunch of people who do not share my interests puts me off. Two day church camps – by the middle of day 1, I am twiddling my thumbs and want to take a long nap.

    A person further up commented that I have a gift of knowledge. Close, I am an analyst, I spent years working for Telecom companies identifying and repairing quite complex computer and network faults. Now I am a driving instructor and teaching someone to drive is relatively easy but to be able to get them to drive well again needs good analysis of why the person is not driving well. Having said that I believe that the Holy Spirit has given me special knowledge at times when needed.

  7. My daughter had to teach me that introverts are not necessarily shy, but folks that refuel their energy with solitude, whereas extroverts gain their energy from other people. I’m anything but shy, but silence and solitude are a must. Thanks for this post!

  8. I, too, am an introvert – high on the charts! I crave for quiet, solitude and have to psyche myself up to be in public. In God’s design, not mine, I have found myself on the lecture/workshop/retreat platform for the past thirty years directing programs for women and men. I experience much anxiety before every presentation and often feel like running away. I invoke the Holy Spirit and surrender myself and my presentations to Him. I generally get positive feedback with people perceiving me to be calm, peaceful and connected with them. Inwardly, I feel that I am in the midst of a whirlwind. God is gracious. I, too, have benefitted from reading the works of Brother Lawrence on the Presence of God.

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  10. Thank you for sharing this! I’ve scored both INFJ and ENFJ, and I’m actually right down the middle with the I and E, with a bend towards I. My most dominant spiritual gift is exhortation (though teaching, perceiving and administration all fall closely behind it). Since my gift is exhortation and I have the talent of singing, it’s no wonder that I’m a praise and worship leader at my church. What I love about P&W is that in order to be effective, all the attention MUST be on God (not on me!). This really makes for a great balance of my I and E sides as an exhorter. I can encourage the entire congregation to lift our voices in praise to the Father, but if it were about me, I’d get clammy because of the attention.

  11. I too am an introvert. But it seems over the years the pastors that have been the most loved by congregations are those that are introverts. I think God put introverts in positions of leadership because they are not seeking attention and give more attention to others. Introverts also need to refuel on a regular bases and by refueling they also serve others better for they are more refreshed. Thanks for the post. Blessings

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