Being an Introvert, How It Has Strengthened My Faith In Christ.
Before I start I just want to give a shoutout to one of my favorite YouTube channels Psych2Go, I’ll leave a link to the channel at the bottom of the article and I’ll be using a lot of their info that I relate to personally.
Introvert: quiet; reserved; introspective
Being an introvert was never something I ever liked about myself. Because you mostly keep to yourself, you have a lot of people asking if you’re sad or depressed, people assume you are just really shy, and often times they think you’re awkward.
What I never really focused on was the pros of being an introvert, and that’s what I’m going to talk about while tying it in with how it helps me as a Christian.
1. Alone Time
As an introvert you like to have a lot of time to yourself, usually deep in thought. If used wisely, it’s time that you can learn a lot about yourself and grow in your relationship with God. When not used wisely, however, isolation often leads to temptation. Lately I’ve been learning to filter out the time I’m wasting watching Netflix and laying around on my phone among other things, and taking more time to read the Bible, workout, pray, and when I do indulge in things like watching YouTube I try to watch videos that are thought provoking or intelligently stimulating from a life or biblical perspective.
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.”
Psalms 62:1 ESV
2. Not Accepting The Norm.
I’ve always had a hard time with the way other people choose their lifestyle, things like partying, always trying to stay up to date with the latest fashion trends, social media, drinking, ect. I’ve always been pretty simple minded, doesn’t mean I don’t have nice things or that I don’t appreciate them, but I’ve learned that I can live without all of that if I had to.
3. Self-Driven: Always Pursuing Knowledge
As an introvert you’re always trying to solve the unanswered questions. It is said that uncertainty leads to the pursuit of truth. As I’ve been trying to search for my unanswered questions about my faith, I’ve learned and discovered so much that I never knew before and it has only given me greater confidence as a believer. Until you take the time to do the research yourself, you’re always going to rely on what the headlines tell you.
4. Meaningful Conversations
One of the biggest misconceptions about an introvert is that they are shy or get uncomfortable when having conversations. Although it may be true for some, often the case is that they are just looking for more meaningful and deep conversations. For me personally I struggle with having small talk with people because I don’t really relate to those things and as a result I don’t have much to contribute to the conversation. If you start asking me about life however, or topics that I’m passionate about, I can talk to you for hours with ease.
As I’ve discovered this about myself, introverts often have a lot of empathy for others. If you’re a highly sensitive introvert it’s like you can feel the pain that the other person is feeling. Although it’s great to have, that kind of genuine compassion for people sometimes can feel really painful and if you’re like me you carry those people’s stories and hardships in your heart and you often worry about things you cannot control.
Often times you’ll be identified as a great listener and you’re able to give really good advice because in your alone time you’ve had plenty of opportunity to think about that certain subject or have done the extensive research needed to be knowledgeable enough to give logical advice.
This leads to being able to share the gospel with others. As a natural listener it’s easy to be able to hear a non-believers perspective on life and be able to respond in a way that is respectful and genuine. One of the most important aspects when having a talk with a non-believer is being the last to speak. Until you’re able to see where they are coming from, you’re not going to be able to help them see things from your perspective. As an introvert you typically plan out everything you want to say in advance and you plan for what kinds of questions that they may throw at you. As an introvert you never want to be caught off guard so you’ll certainly do your research going in to any discussion. Even when you think you are going to make a mistake or not do a good job, just remember that God will give you the words if you allow Him to.
8. Being an Old Soul
Often you’re looked at as being an old soul, again usually the things of your generation don’t really interest you or you don’t find them very appealing. You usually look at the big picture and you don’t overly concern yourself with the little things. You’re often able to see through people to know whether or not they are being genuine.
9. Know Yourself
In that alone time you also find clarity about who you are and you learn to be comfortable with that. You establish what your morals, values, and standards are and you hold yourself to them. Doesn’t mean you don’t have your bad moments, but you’re constantly progressing to be the best person that you can be in a Christ centered way. You are typically your biggest critic and you put a lot of pressure on yourself to do well.
Most introverts are very careful about who they let into their lives, and very few people know their story. So when an introvert does let you into their lives know that it’s a big deal. If they open up to you about things, you have earned trust that very few, if any, have earned, so don’t take it lightly. Because of that they are very loyal to the people they do let in because they’ve established an emotional connection that they don’t take lightly.
My favorite verse that I can relate to is from James:
Link to Psych2Go’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Psych2GoTv