My sweet introverted family and friends; you have taught me so much more about listening and compassion than I thought I could have ever learned. You have taught me to hold my tongue, to analyze my words before they come out, to love loyally, and to hurt deeply for others I love. You’ve taught me that a hug can often help more than multitudes of words. You’ve reminded me that Jesus ACTED in love. He didn’t just use the word ‘love.’ He did the ultimate sacrifice. He gave His life for sinners that hated Him, and He gave them living water, life. He acted in love. He showed that love was more than a feeling.
And that’s what my introverted family and friends have and are teaching me…
I used to not appreciate introverts.
I didn’t look at them as the peanut butter to my oatmeal.
‘In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.’ (Proverbs 10:19)
My introverted friends, you’ve taught me to quietly wait on the Lord instead of stressing out about it and rushing around and trying to ‘talk people’ into changing. You’ve taught me that God changes people and transforms hearts by the work of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross; it’s not Emily who changes people.
My precious introverted people, I often didn’t understand you, and that frustrated me.
But God used you to show me that I won’t understand everything and that’s ok, because I’m not God.
You’ve turned me around and helped me to stop and listen and look instead of
JUMPING to conclusions
JUDGING people by the outside
Introverts, your love for quiet and love for a peaceful atmosphere, an atmosphere where it’s ok to not talk, has transformed my view of always needing ‘noise.‘ You’ve taught me that sometimes I need to shut out the extra noise and get into silent, deep, reverent, holy communion with God, through the blood of Jesus Christ who bought me from the pit of my sin.
‘Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.’ (Hosea 6:3)
And because of you, each introvert in my life, I think and hope that I talk less, that I think more and wonder more at Jesus Christ, that I’m more lost in wonder, love, and praise at the delight of being a child of God, not because of anything in me, but all for God’s glory. You’ve reminded me that God has reconciled us to Himself, not through any of the ‘talking’ that I’ve done, but all through the grace, the love, the mercy of God in Christ.
‘For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.’ (Colossians 1:19-23)
Do I also daresay that I might have become a bit more of an ‘introverted’ extrovert because of the introverts in my life and all the lessons they’ve taught me?
Here’s a thank you to the introverts and most of all glory to God for each and every single introvert and extrovert and how we can learn from each other.