“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it.”
– Romans 12:9 (The Message)
You have Your Personality for a Purpose.
We are exploring the meaning and purpose of our lives by taking a closer look at how God has shaped us. To guide us on this journey we’ve borrowed the acronym SHAPE, developed by Pastor Rick Warren, and which stands for: Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience. We are continuing our series this week by exploring the Purpose of our Personality.
No two people have exactly the same personality, however, there are elements of our personalities which we have in common with lots of other people. For example, some of us are more expressive than others. We like to talk a lot, or sing out loud, or speak to large groups of people, which others of us do not enjoy doing. Some of us tend to be more introverted and prefer to spend time deep in thought and/or reflecting on how we feel about something before we take the step of expressing what we think or how we feel. Still others are much more task oriented than the rest of us. Their focus is on “getting stuff done” rather than talking, or thinking, or reflecting on how they feel.
Whatever our differences or similarities may be, it’s important that we recognize and appreciate the value of every personality, and it’s important to consider what the larger purpose of our own unique personality may be.
In Mark 12:28-32, Jesus says that each of us is called to love God with the whole of who we are, with all out heart, and with all our soul, with all our minds and with all our strength. And he says that we are also called to love each other as well as our selves. So, it’s worth asking, how do I love God and love others with my personality?
If I’m a talker, how should I go about loving God and loving others with my talking, or my singing, or my public speaking, or whatever it is that I like to do to express myself. If I’m the sort of person who feels things very deeply, how do I love God and others with my feelings, or my thinking? If I’m a thinker how do I love God and others with my thinking? Or, if I’m a person of action, how do I love God and others in the way that I get things done?
In other words, the question we all should be asking ourselves is, “How do I love God and others in the way that is true to who I am?” It’s as we learn to love God and our neighbours in the ways that our personalities lead us that we’ll see and know the purpose for which God gave us these personalities.
I hope you’re able to join us on Sunday as we discover the purpose of our personalities together.
Rev. David Turner+