So, as a way of getting to know each other, might I share that on a Myers Briggs Personality Test I test as an ISTJ. If you’re looking for order and the comfort and bliss of the systematic, I’m your girl. If you want excitement and novelty and newness, well, that’s not really my strength. Extroversion and the world of emotions feel a bit like writing with my left hand. For me, its awkward and shaky and doesn’t flow as smoothly as my introverted, thinker side (much to my frustration at times!).
I’m feeling a bit like a duck out of water these past couple months as I realize that most of my life for the past year and a half has been novel and new. We’re in a new city, making new friends. I’m a new mom with a new daughter, new routines and just recently, a new job and a new church. If I’m honest, I’m getting a little tired of all the change. Yet with an ever changing child on my hands, it appears I’m in for lots of change in the coming years. So I want to write a couple of posts that will be grounding in the coming days and months. I want to remember the things I can fall back on when everything feels up in the air.
Someone once told me that Paul is at his pastoral best in his letter to the Philippians when says the following:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true,whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think on these things. Whatever you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, put these things into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8
I appreciate this verse because it invites and challenges the thinkers, feelers, introverts and extroverts in all of us into a life of consideration and practice that’s full of integrity. If you’re going to think…and you will…think honorably, purely, admirably. Consider the things that are lovely. And then don’t stop there. Put those noble, beautiful thoughts into practice.
I can get stuck in my own head. If I’m not intentional, I can get caught up in a merry-go-round of thoughts. Recently I’m realizing that the only thing I’m putting into practice are hours of considerations of my own considerations! If that’s not the definition of an incredibly unhelpful merry-go-round, I don’t know what is. Paul’s reminding me to get back to basics. I want to remember what is true and put it into practice. This won’t always feel easy or natural but then again I only need to do it one moment at a time. Looking forward to getting these thoughts out there in the coming days.
What, on this day, is true for you? How is this truth honorable, right, pure, lovely or admirable? I would love to learn from you!