I feel very blessed to have the friends that I have. They all serve their own unique purpose in my life. Take for instance, my friend Janet. I met her years ago, but the dynamics were different then. Flashforward a few years and God put us back together in a greater purpose than what our friendship first served. She loves the outdoors, like me, and loves to exercise. When we see that a beautiful day is in our future, we seize the opportunity to get outside and play. We usally spend the time walking and talking about our so called issues in life and in our relationships. We share a common thread in our past and the love for Joyce Meyer. I can honestly say that Joyce pretty much has an answer to whatever question we pose.
This particular day we got on the subject of personalities. We talked about why we react to certain things, what we would like to change, and the temperament that God gave us. It got me thinking about what exactly did God give us? Did our temperment (aspect of our personality) come straight from God or did our circumstances and environment have some influence and shape us into who we are today? Just who exactly are we supposed to be?
To answer that question, I decided to take a personality test to see who I am currently. The results show the following: I prefer traditional and familiar experiences. I am very well-organized, and can be relied upon. I tend to shy away from social situations. I tend to consider the feelings of others. I am a generally anxious person and tend to worry about things. I consider the results to be true and fair. After reading the results, I can see exactly which temperament(s) I fall into.
Sanguine: the extrovert who loves social gatherings and making new friends
Choleric: the dominant one who is active and has a lot of energy and passion
Melancholic: the perfectionist who is self reliant and independent
Phlegmatic: the one who is self content and kind
So, as I continue to write and research, the original question I pose is even greater. Afterall, He came so I might enjoy life (John 10:10). How am I suppose to enjoy life if I am full of worry, like to be in control, and live in fear? I pray that Jesus can take everything I am, everything I was, and turn it into something special (full of grace, mercy, love, understanding, wisdom, and compassion) in a magnitude I cannot even comprehend.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:16, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” Everyday we are changing and hopefully in the direction towards Christ. I pray that while on this Earth, we find out the person we are meant to be.
I leave you with a borrowed prayer from Joel Osteen.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for designing me to succeed in every area of my life. I choose to agree with Your word and focus on the good things in my life. I know that You have equipped me to live as a champion in life!
Love in Christ,