Have you ever taken a personality test that gave you disappointing results? I’ve had this experience, and it made me think, “With strengths like these, who needs weaknesses?” You will like this story from Cash Luna on personality and the Person of the Holy Spirit. -Adam Forrest, Zondervan. [Excerpt from In Honor of the Holy Spirit: He Is Someone, Not Something.]
Some years ago my wife and I went on a retreat for married couples. The two friends with whom we shared a cabin talked to us about the temperaments that psychologists describe as characteristics typically present from birth…
When I heard of the advantages of [my temperament], I was encouraged to read about the positive traits, but I was disappointed to learn of [the] weaknesses. My first thought was: “With traits like these, I will never get anywhere.”
I wanted to serve the Lord in His strength, not mine.
That night I could not sleep thinking that my whole life would be doomed by the weaknesses of my temperament. I wanted to serve the Lord in His strength, not mine. I did not want to boast in achieving success through my own natural abilities, nor did I want to end up frustrated by failure due to my own shortcomings….