Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, we aren’t meant to live life alone. In the beginning of time, God made Adam and then Eve, because He saw it was not good for man to be alone. People thrive in partnerships, in friendships, in marriages, and surrounded by family.
Maybe that seems obvious to you.
Especially if you’re an extrovert. But for all my introverts out there, you’ve probably said things like “I work better alone”, “I don’t need friends”, “I’m just going to do this by myself”…you get the idea.
In fact, I’ve made some of these comments myself. Throughout school and college, I mostly HATED group projects. Particularly when I didn’t get to pick my group. Inevitably, I’d end up with someone(s) who were not as motivated as myself, or didn’t care about the project as much, meaning I’d do the work of multiple people. I’m sure you know how it goes.
But, do you know how GREAT the projects could have been if everyone put forth their best effort?
I do. Because I’ve also been fortunate enough to have worked on projects with some people who were just as motivated and hard working as myself. Now, those projects turned out amazing. Some of them resulted in presentations at national conferences, some of them turned into centers, and some turned into published articles and books.
What does the Bible say about friendships?
We are meant to make one another better. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” The thing is, a blade isn’t going to sharpen itself. If all you have is a dull knife, it’ll stay a dull knife until you get another tool to sharpen it.
But first, take a look at the people around you.
Make sure you are surrounded by people who will SHARPEN you and not dull you further. It’s so important to make sure we have people in our lives that will build us up and make us better. I don’t mean people who will just tell you nice things. I mean people who will tell you the RIGHT things.
What have you been doing lately to sharpen the people around you? And are you allowing others to get close enough to sharpen you?
Two Are Better Than One
When Craig and I got married, we committed to doing life together. And how amazing is it that I will always have someone to pick me up when I fall? Like, literally. I fall when hiking, I almost fell off a mountain while skiing…luckily Craig is always there!
Being an introvert isn’t bad. I’m definitely not the biggest social butterfly myself. However, it isn’t healthy to do life completely alone. Having a friend, a spouse, a sibling, or someone else around to help pick you up when you fall flat on your face is good for you.
AND when you have two people, you get twice as much accomplished!
Kind of like last Saturday, when I hung out with my favorite blogging bestie, Lucille, and got so much done! (Side note-did you notice how gorgeous her Tallahassee home office is?)
I know that sometimes it seems easier to just rely on yourself, especially when people have let you down in the past. But, I hope I can encourage you today to not give up. God will put just the right people in your life at just the right time to help you overcome any struggles you face and accomplish so much more than you ever thought possible.
By, Victoria Marie
P.S. Did you know I have a whole category on my blog dedicated to faith related posts?