I’ve wanted to be an extrovert for as long as I can remember.
Extroverts are fun and energetic and friendly and uplifting.
Extroverts like large crowds and big exciting parties.
Extroverts make people laugh and always seem to be wildly popular.
And then there’s me – an introvert.
I like staying home with a mug of tea and a good book. In fact, I prefer the comfort of my couch when offered an invitation to a big exciting party.
I like intimate groups that allow for much vulnerability and deep conversation. In fact, I often feel lost in large groups.
I’m not especially funny, witty, or sarcastic. In fact, sometimes my husband’s sarcasm is completely lost on me and I ask “Really?!” like I’m five years old.
No, I am not an extrovert. I am an introvert, and I’ve learned that introverts can make a big impact.
Introverts have some unique gifts from our Heavenly Father that I’d love to share with you. These gifts, when used with wisdom & strength, are tools for being bold for Christ.
How You Can Make a Difference as an Introvert:
You are quiet. And this makes you a great listener.
One time I spoke for about 8 minutes without stopping and my mom said, I’ve never heard you talk for so long! This is because I absolutely love listening.
If we were to meet for coffee, I would ask you about twenty-eight questions and respond with a lot of head nods and mhmmm’s.
This is making an impact.
We need listeners in the world – people who will listen to understand rather than react. We need quiet people who will sit back and let others cry without rushing in to fix it. We need people of impact who simply love to be still with others.
If you are an introvert, this is most likely you. And you, my friend, can make a big impact in the life of another soul.
You try until you succeed. And this makes you effective.
Every introvert I have ever met has an impressive work ethic. In fact, sometimes they aren’t sure when to stop.
In ministry – when you’re trying to make an impact for the gospel – this is a beautiful thing.
You won’t give up. You’ll see it through. You’ll love people really well. You’ll keep trying until something makes a difference.
You will not stop until you’ve impacted a life, several lives, hundreds of lives.
Can I encourage you about that? What endurance! We are called to run the race of life with endurance & you, my friend, are doing it.
Chase after those dreams of ministry, small groups, church plants, writing, volunteering, and more. Put your mind to it and you won’t stop.
You just have to take the first step.
You are trustworthy. And this makes you safe.
You hold people’s burdens well. You care with a deep heart. You respect those around you.
And because of that you have a trustworthy spirit.
Pray and ask God to bring people into your life that need a trustworthy friend. Because you know what? We live in a broken world, and many people have never experienced a trustworthy relationship.
This is important.
People need other trustworthy people.
When you’re able to hold someone’s burdens with grace and love, amazing things happen. Souls are changed and lives are touched.
Be someone trustworthy to those around you and you will be making an impact.
My introverted friend, you are so valuable in the eyes of our Lord. He longs to use your gifts to reach those around you.
So remember when I said that I want to be an extrovert?
I think I’ve changed my mind. I’ve embraced some of the spiritual gifts God has given me and I am content.
I know how to make a difference as an introvert. I can trust that God will use me for His glory.
Listening, never giving up, and being a trustworthy friend? Now those are the qualities of someone of impact.
Move forward in boldness and pray for a soft heart to follow in God’s direction for your ministry.
Trust me, friend. He’ll use you – even as an introvert.
*Let me make a small note here and say that in no way am I suggesting that extroverts are not good listeners, persevering souls, or trustworthy friends. Rather, this post is encouragement for the introvert who wants to make a difference – someone who almost always possesses these qualities
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