How many of you are introverts? Extroverts? Do you think it’s possible to be an introvert who does well in social situations or be an extrovert who its content spending time alone?
How many of you would consider yourselves a night owl? Early bird? If you naturally are more awake and focused at night, does that mean you will never do well in the mornings? Or vice-versa?
We are all wired a certain way. That doesn’t mean we can’t be flexible or adapt to situations we are in, but we have natural leanings. Some of those things are strengths, some are weaknesses.
Think about your personality. Are you more serious, playful, sarcastic, talkative, outgoing, laid back? Are you compassionate? Logical? Emotional? We aren’t just one thing. We are a big mix of a lot of things- and some of those personality traits may change over time- but what makes you, YOU?
Interestingly, no matter how we are wired- the good, the bad and the ugly- it’s not a mystery to God. He is an Author, and your heart and mind were written by Him. He gives you the option to stray away from the story He has planned for you because he gave you freedom of choice. But all the inner workings of who you are, are meant for good. When you know God, accept God, and choose Him, He introduces you to your true self. He knows you better than you know you- because He invented you. The parts of you that are awesome, he makes better. The parts of you that struggle, he provides with help.
Isaiah 40:31New International Version (NIV)
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
It gets even better. How you are wired- it’s unique to you. You might have things in common with others, but you are the only you. Where you are strong, somebody else is weak. Where you are weak, somebody else is strong. Not only are we wired individually, but we are also wired to make others stronger.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Think again about your personality. Think about your areas of weakness. Your struggles. Where you falter. Sometimes we try to hide those things. You might come here, laugh with your friends, but inside feel a hole, a deep, dark sadness. When we hide, we get weaker. Our hurts or struggles or sins dig deeper into us. We can become isolated emotionally. We aren’t meant for that. We are all, no matter how unique, wired for connection. Not just to other people, but to the Author who knows you best. We are better together.
Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
You are wired for success. Your power supply is God. You will be the best version of you if you choose to plug in.