So as most of you may know, I am an extrovert and socialite by nature. I gain energy from being with others and serving/fellowshipping alongside them. Without that, I tend to feel like our buddy here in the photo, the red panda. NOT having people to do life with tends to sap my energy. Thankfully, I belong to a big family- the Church (with a big "C"). There are brothers and sisters around almost every corner, and with just a little bit of effort we can be a blessing to each other. I was very blessed by a fellow brother who invited me out to breakfast this morning. He is a self-admitted introvert, but as I sat in his car he commiserated, "I know how it is to be the new guy." We had a great time of fellowship as we sat and discussed all sorts of things over some pancakes and french toast.
For us extroverts, doing things like this can be second nature (if we stop long enough to pay attention to our surroundings and think of others). For introverts, I am told, this sort of thing represents a challenge and they must expend sweet sweet energy juices to do something like this.
But think of the difference we can all make, if we take the time to relate to one another on a more personal level. Be that person today. Invite someone to do something. Instead of being the sponge that sucks up, be the sponge that is squeezed and pours out the grace of God over someone.
1 Thessalonians 3:12 "and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you.
Serving through love and laughter is a great way to live.