You may not know it, but you need those people. And they need you, too! God did not wire us to do life alone, and we Christians have such a gift in each other. Some of you are with me on that thought. Others of you may need a bit of convincing. Maybe you're thinking, "These yahoos? A gift to me?"
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I am an introvert by nature, as well as a fairly shy person. I would describe myself as painfully shy while growing up. Talking to people I don't know is not super easy for me. I'm thankful to have married a man that could carry on a winsome conversation with a post, and often I am happy enough to hide behind his outgoing demeanor. But that doesn't always cut it. The time comes when I have to put on my big girl panties, be brave and TALK. To actual PEOPLE.
A woman older and wiser than I once explained that there are two kinds of people in the world: the "here-I-am!" people, and the "there-you-are!" people. The "here-I-am!" people are concerned with their own reputations, how they are perceived by others, and generally can make others feel small or unimportant. While they come off as very confident, often they are quite insecure.
"There-you-are!" people, on the other hand, are those who are more interested in others than in themselves. They can make you feel as though they've just been waiting to see you, and now, finally, there you are! Their general inclination is toward others instead of themselves. They make people feel like they are the most important and interesting people in the room. And really, who doesn't want to feel like that?
For me, I hope to be a "there-you-are!" person. I don't want to hide behind my shyness (which can often be a form of pride, sorry to say) and miss out on the chance to know and be known by others. If I spend all my time worrying about me and what others will think of me, I will lose the chance to reach out to the person who may really need me. He or she may need to be known. Don't let me be the one who denies them the chance to be known.
What kind of person are you? Do you find yourself making excuses so that you don't have to engage with others? Are you afraid of what people will think? Or are you already learning to look beyond yourself and to the needs of others?
Let's pray for each other, that God will make us "there-you-are!" people for those around us, and that we'll take hold of the gift we have all around us -- each other.
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