Who Are You?

Each month I write a little diddy for a local magazine, Up In Cumming, which by the way is celebrating its 10th anniversary.  Shout out to UIC!  As always, I like to share the articles with you guys, too.  Hope it helps motivate you today.

personality traitsHave you ever taken one of those personality profile tests, like Myers-Briggs, DISC Profile, or Strengths Finder?

If you haven’t, let me bring you up to speed.

Personality profile tests are questionnaires designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. In other words, the tests tell you who you are.

For instance the Myers-Briggs test people based on four variables:

*Introvert versus Extrovert

*Intuitive versus Sensing

*Thinking versus Feeling

*Judging versus Perceiving

The DiSC profile tests people on their levels of:

*Dominance

*Influence

*Steadiness

*Conscientiousness

And, the Strengths Finder tests people on 34 different attributes to determine a person’s top 5 strengths. I won’t list all 34, but two examples are Responsibility and Communication.

Bored, yet? You probably are….unless you’ve taken one of these tests.  If you’ve taken a personality profile test, you understand what it feels like to have someone tell you who you are.

The results of my own tests reveal tons about me.

I’m an extrovert. Not new information to me.  I tend to be a thinker more than a feeler.  Again, the test hit the nail on the head.  I have a dominant personality, confirmed by my results (and by my husband). I tend to gather facts and make decisions based on realistic expectations, rather than stepping out into the unknown.  I tend to influence others to follow my lead, which can be a good thing if I use my power for good, not evil (again, confirmed by my husband).

These tests told me that I am responsible, that I am an achiever, and that I am energized by being around people.  Do you know what? The tests were right! When those results declared who I am, I somehow felt known and understood.  By naming my personality traits, those tests confirmed who I am, and it felt good to hear it.

Scripture says a day is coming when Christians will receive a new name….a name that will describe who we’ve been.  A name that will sum up our character.  A name given by Jesus, Himself. Check it out:

“…And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it.” Revelation 2:17b

Throughout Scripture, names convey the character of the one bearing the name. Some theologians believe this new name will be the same for every Believer – the name of God on us.  Yet, some theologians speculate that the new name will literally describe each person’s character….our journey with God…..our level of faith. In short, a name that says who we are.

That concept isn’t foreign to us, is it? Though our birth names may not indicate much, we still have a “name” by which others know us. Our name is simply a summation of our reputation, and it depends solely on us.  We can be quick-tempered or patient; we can be arrogant or humble; we can be eager or apathetic.  We get to choose.

Let’s live our lives to earn a good name, friends – a name that reflects a life of love and service.

Who are you? Or, better yet, who will you be today? 

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