LEADER. EXTROVERT. Adventurous. Assertive.
They are just a few adjectives I would use to describe myself. Maybe you read those and said, “Hey, that’s so me!”
People like us have very strong personalities. We are the first ones to speak out, and the last ones to shut up. The loudest in the room. The person that will talk to almost anyone. Sometimes we don’t think very much before we take action, or we spout off something without even realizing the consequences. I know that it’s easy for me to get so caught up in my own agenda or plan that sometimes I can be selfish, or insensitive. I know I am a dreamer and if I’m not careful my thoughts will wonder and I won’t even pay attention to what’s important.
Last year at the end of every morning of school devotions, our whole school would recite this verse.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalms 19:14).
I have realized that if I want to use my strong personality for God’s glory, I am to going to have make this my constant prayer! Without the Lord’s help, I am a mess! I can come off as bossy or even rude sometimes.
I have learned that I have to daily surrender my personality to the Lord. I have to ask Him to guide my thoughts, check my motives and plans. If I’m not careful, I will get off on my own agenda. I have to ask Him to help me guard my tongue.
I have seen people with strong personalities tear apart families or churches. I know that when you have the gift of leadership you have to make sure you’re leading people in the right direction. I know that God made me this way. He gave me this personality for a reason, and that reason is to glorify Him.
I really like the second part of this verse because it reminds me that God is my strength. He is the one who gives me every bit of courage and audacity. He is my Redeemer. He has forgiven my sins and set me free from the power of sin! He is the reason I have any bit of goodness. He has taken my broken human life and made it to shine for Him.
So to all my strong personality friends, I challenge you to find a verse, or even adopt Psalms 19:14, as your daily prayer. Ask God to direct you and guide you. Ask Him to help you guide others to Him. Remember that He is really your strength and your Redeemer. I know He will do it, and together we can change the world for Him.