Uniquely Yours

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You’re a weird one.

No matter what anyone else says, you know that you’re not like everyone else. You may wish that sometimes, “Oh if only I was more like Sarah, or had an attitude like Timothy.” You can’t get away from the fact that you’re one-of-a-kind.

This is a good thing.

In fact, this is a great thing!

If all of us had similar strengths and weaknesses, there would be an enormous imbalance in certain areas. You should be overjoyed at the gifting that you have been created with. There are four basic temperaments, and each has a wonderful role to play. Today, we understand more about the temperaments and realize that each person has their own mix.

Be glad you live in a society that appreciates these differences. In the Ancient Greek world, they knew of the four temperaments and they thought that they arose from levels of four fluids within your body. Blood, Phlegm, Yellow Bile, and Black Bile. If someone had these four fluids or “Humors” in balance they were considered healthy but there were some who had leeches attached to them to drain off blood! Imagine being in a sour mood, and your doctor prescribes leeches. Gross!

The four basic personalities are, Dominant (ambitious and leader-like), Inspiring (Pleasure seeking and sociable), Supportive (Relaxed and Thoughtful), and Cautious (Analytical and Literal). Most people have a mixture of two or more.

And that’s only the tip of the iceberg! There are theories of Brain-Type, Meyers-Briggs personalities, Choleric/Sanguine/Melancholy/Phlegmatic, and so many more. I have found that most tests end up breaking down the personalities into four categories. Outgoing and People Oriented: Inspiring (top left), Reserved and Task Oriented: Cautious (top right), Reserved and People Oriented: Supportive (bottom left), and Outgoing and Task Oriented: Dominant (bottom right). 

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Knowing your own personality is fun, but the real value is being able to deal with others. We are called to be a blessing to others in the Bible. 2 Corinthians 2:15 calls us,

For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;

You can be a fragrance instead of an odor!

A book that I have read that really opens up the doors to the social styles and personality types is Personality Plus by Florence Littauer. personality-plus-193x300

Check it out! Its a book that I’ve enjoyed reading immensely, and I guarantee that your eyes will be opened to the reasons why that one Weird person is acting that way.

So lets go out and be weird.

Be a Fragrance.

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