On Being Reserved

For some reason, this has been one of my most popular posts. Perhaps, there are more introverts than we realize.

Life and Grace

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

I have always considered myself a “private” person. I have never desired the center of attention or felt the need for anyone’s approval. I simply place a high value on personal privacy. I realize that is strange, in this world of “reality” everything, transparency, and where “nobody’s business” is “everybody’s business.” Nevertheless, I am reserved and only take part in conversations and social interactions when I believe I can add something productive. Through the years, because of my lack of responsiveness, I have been branded “too serious,” “stuck up,”  “introvert,” “loner,” “timid,” “taciturn,” and my personal favorite “aloof.” The truth is, I deemed it “minding my own business” and I never thought much about it until one of my Seminary professors posed this interesting question:

Bonita, despite your being…

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