Over the past couple of years, our team has utilized the Myers Briggs test to help strengthen our rapidly growing team. According to the test, I’m an INFJ. I wasn’t surprised to find out that I’m an introvert. An introvert doesn’t mean you’re shy as some people are led to believe. We’re internal processors and need some time to ourselves to recharge. Things I’ve known about myself.
However, living in community has absolutely ruined this introvert!
I live on a missions base where we can have anywhere from 10 to 150 people on the base at a time. Sometimes walking into our main center for dinner can be beautifully deafening from all the conversations happening at the same time. As you move around you can overhear the amazing conversations of testimonies ministry during the week, how God has been deepening the AMT students revelation of their identity in Christ, and introductions from the new expedition team that just arrived that day. It’s beautiful chaos.
It’s also an environment that a typical introvert wouldn’t love. But I do. I may not vocalize it much but I love how people from different countries, cultures, and languages come together on our base to live life together. Living together, united with the same heart of pursuing Christ and sharing the Gospel in every unreached area.
I think I’ve come to realize how much I love our community living since being back in the States. I quickly miss ‘my people’. I spend a lot of my time in the car as I drive from place to place. I find myself missing our morning worship sessions and our meals together. Walking over to a friend’s house for tea. Most especially, sitting around the fire with leaders and their families as we talk about life.
I guess it’s just simple to say: I love people. We’re all called to love people. John 13:34-35 says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
I’ve noticed a growing trend in ‘introvert culture’ that introverts don’t love people.
That’s so completely wrong! We LOVE because He who is LOVE is within us! Love for people must flow naturally out of our spirit. If you’re an introvert who declares that you don’t love people, I encourage you to change what you declare over your life. It’s not how God designed you!