The extroverted introvert

There is an article by Anya Briggs in September’s youth work magazine about being introverted or extroverted in youth ministry, it’s a good and balanced piece.

The problem is, i find it a complicated topic.

If you ask people who know me, they will tell you I am an out and out extrovert. I do display some of the traits of an extrovert mentioned in the article – I process thoughts out loud, words come quickly to me (a nice way of saying I talk lots) and I make decisions quickly.

But i have learnt to my cost, that I am also introverted. Unsurprisingly when I did the questionnaire at the end of the article I came out… Bang in the middle.

I really appreciated the honesty of Briggs as in the past I too have done too much and burnt out. I have finally learnt to pay attention to the introverted side of my nature. The need for time out to order the million thoughts in my head, the need for spending time alone in order to recharge my batteries, and making time for creativity and learning though study.

Suddenly the love of preaching, drawing alongside and chatting to young people, book reading, art and craft, love of silence and solitude stuff all make sense.

I am an extroverted introvert.

No wonder Jesus has been telling me to pay attention to the things which grow my soul, in particular those things which would be classed as introverted.

So what about you? Have you read the youth work magazine article? Are you introverted or extroverted or both? And what stuff in your life is Jesus calling you to pay attention to?

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