The Confessions of an Extrovert

I’m an extrovert. Anyone that’s know me for any length of time knows that about me. I love to talk, to laugh, to make sure that everyone feels connected and a part.

I love to work a room. Some folks pick at me for “brown nosing” or “politicking” but I really do love to shake hands, tell stories, and meet folks. As an extrovert, that energizes me and empowers me.

But you know what?  I’m jealous of introverts sometimes.

I know a lot of people. And a lot of people know me.  I’m good with that.  But, from what I hear of my introvert friends, they don’t have a lot of friends, they have a few very close friends. Dear friends that they know that are there, through thick and thin.

And, you know what?  I’m jealous of that.  Part of it is being a preacher, no one is really friends with the preacher.  At Asbury, I’m lucky, I have some good friends, but even there, I’m pretty sure they don’t want me around all the time.

And at Annual Conference, I look around, slap a lot back, shake a lot of hands, have a lot of friends, but in the end, I ate lunch by myself today.

Mind you, I’m not complaining.  I’m not upset.  I’m just observing my life. And, frankly, it’s always been like that, except for a few years in college.

Now, a good bit of it is my fault.  I don’t make enough effort.  I don’t put in the time. I get too busy.  I am always moving, going, doing, and not spending that quality time with people. And maybe as an only child, I never learned that skill.

I don’t know. It’s just odd.

So, anyway, I love my life. I love my family.  I LOVE my wife (who is my best friend).  And I love my calling. And I love my friends.  And I love my personality. I think it makes me a more effective pastor and leader.

But, I will confess. There are times when I’m jealous of my introvert friends.

Personal Not Private

One of my professors in seminary, Dr. Knick, once said something in class that at first left you scratching your head saying – what?

He said this – your faith is personal, but it is not private. When he said it, we were all quiet, because we knew he had just said something pretty deep.

Which just didn’t know what he meant!

He went on to explain it this way. Faith is a personal thing. We are called to have a deeply personal faith. Your faith is your faith. Your faith forms you and it shapes you.

It makes you who you are.

And it needs to be your faith. We each need our own faith. My faith is not sufficient for you. You need your own living faith for yourself.

This faith is personal.

But it is not private. This faith is to be lived out publicly. It has public effects. It is not to kept in the dark. It is not to be kept away from how live, how we serve, how we live our lives.

Our faith is personal, in that it is deeply ours. But our faith is never private. It much change the way that we live.

Look at what the writer of Hebrews says today in Hebrews 10:24-25:

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Do not neglect meeting together. Encourage one another. Effect one another.

Have a personal faith that deeply molds you. But, never let that faith be private. Let is also mold other people.

So, today, in your life, chase after God with all that you are. Seek to live your life by His calling and His Word.

And like that faith affect every part of your life today. May that faith affect your words, your actions your life.

May our faith be personal. But never private!

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