I have realized that I am an introvert which means I keep to myself and I’m observant of my surroundings. I like to stay in the house, watch television, and write. It’s something about sitting around the house by yourself and getting to know who you are. I remember when I started college I wanted to be outgoing, so people would enjoy my company.
When I started attending college classes, I tried my best to put myself out there. I would start conversations with people and eat lunch with people if they invited me. I started listening to secular music heavily so people would like me. I thought I was making friends, but I wasn’t. I was not making friends because I was not being honest with myself. During my first year, I was always crying in my room not just because I was homesick or my roommate issues, it was because I had no friends. I had experiences where people would walk away from me while I was talking to them or people just ditched me during lunch. I believe I tried so hard to make friends to the point that nobody befriended me.
I remember when I stopped trying to make friends and concentrated on growing closer to God. After classes, I would go straight to my room, read Our Daily Bread booklets, and read my Bible. I cried out to God that I needed friends to get me through school. He didn’t answer me, but I’ve realized that He wanted me to know Him first. When I started getting to know God, I enjoyed sitting in my room feeling His presence. I recognized at this moment that I was an introvert and I loved it! People that were friends with my roommate always wondered why I didn’t go anywhere except for class. It was really none of their business, but they didn’t know that I was content with God’s presence. The Holy Ghost inside of me kept me from doing a lot of things. I was being obedient to Jesus and our time together.
People always talk about how introverts are too quiet or shy, but that’s not always the case. Being an introvert is about enjoying your peace and quiet time. If you’re a Christian, it is about learning to give God your time. You cannot hear what God is trying to tell you if you’re hearing many voices. You have to pray and worship God on your own to have a relationship with Him. I can’t tell you how many times I have encountered a moment with God because I embraced being an introvert. I accepted the fact that my “me-time” can also be “God and I time.”
Although it’s nice to keep to myself, I’ve also realized that God has taught me how to have extrovert qualities. I enjoy being around people sometimes, and I’ve become talkative since I’ve been in college. God put some talkative people into my life so that I could gain better communication skills. He pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and talk to random people when I didn’t want to.
I also figured out that God didn’t put us on this Earth to be quiet and stay to ourselves. He put us on this Earth to speak to people about the good news of Jesus. We have to get out of our introvert ways and tell people our testimony, about how we are healed from sickness, how God blessed us with a new job, and how God brought us out of the darkest season. If you’re a Christian, you know how God turned your life around, so tell the world in person or online.
There are perks to being an introvert and an extrovert. It’s time to mix both of these traits so that you can glorify God. Use your introvert side to recharge, get to know God, and get to know who you are. Use your extrovert side to verbally let the people know who Jesus is and show the people who He is through your civil actions.
Going to college with God is changing me. I never thought that I would be the person I am today. I thought about going to college to gain a degree in something that I enjoy. But, God allowed me to go to college to draw near to Him and to be a blessing to other people who don’t know Jesus. God taught me how to be open with people. He showed me how to discipline myself when I needed to spend time with Him. God is continually showing me how to get my priorities straight. If you are attending college soon, I hope that you start with Jesus in mind because I am sure He will change your college experience for the better.
I hope you took something away from this post that inspired you to do better. Thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing! Have a great day, evening, or night!
Bible Verses about using your Introvert side to spend time with God:
Matthew 6:33 – (33) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
James 4:8 – (8) Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Psalm 1:2 – (2) but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Bible Verses about using your extrovert side to spread the Gospel:
Mark 16:15-16 (15) And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. (16) Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.
Matthew 28:19-20 (19) Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, Or all peoples. baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (20) Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”’
Psalms 96:2-3 (2) Sing to the Lord ; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.’ (3)’Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
Prayer: Lord we thank you for instilling in us an introvert and extrovert side. Help us to use these characteristics for Your Glory. We ask that you teach us to fix our priorities. Teach us how to spend time with You more and Read Your Word more. Give us the mind to spread the Gospel to Your people. Help us to show people who You are with the fruit of the spirit (Gal.5:22-23). Thank You, God, for helping us realize that we can use our introvert and extrovert side for You! In Jesus name, Amen!
Galatians 5:22-23 – (22) ‘But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!’