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14 Ways To Handle A Christian Introvert

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It made me think of who I really am, of what God has been doing in the background in my life. 🙂

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian

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If you ever met me, you would think I was an extrovert — I preach, I lead praise, I talk to everyone, I talk too much, and you can hear me laughing from across the street — but I am a full-blooded introvert.

If it were up to me, I’d rather be in my boxers all day eating Godiva while browsing food photo blogs and bothering my dog and cracking up at YouTube videos of Whose Line Is ItAnyway and leaving dry ironic comments all over Facebook while reading the latest theory on how Sherlock survived the second season finale. 

I intensely guard my personal space and my private life.  It takes a herculean effort to step outside my comfort zone and interact with messy, fleshy, real live human beings.

Here’s how you handle us.

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If Words Were Wounds

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This made me think about the words I speak now.

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian

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Discipline

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I don’t own this image. I copied this from Google Images.

 

Note: Let discipline and correction be the same words in this post. Thank you! 🙂

The word discipline has a lot of thoughts to bring in each mind. But I only have to bring a certain thought about discipline: correcting.

“It is never fun to be corrected. In fact, at time it is always painful. But if we learn to obey by being corrected, we will do it right and live at peace.” (Hebrews 12:11; CEV)

I have three points to share to you about discipline from this verse:

1. DISCIPLINE IS NEVER FUN.

Have you ever seen a person who loves to be disciplined or corrected? If yes, it’s a miracle from God’s grace. It’s cool for that person to love discipline because most of us don’t want to be disciplined or corrected. Being disciplined hurts. It shows our character, and it points out what we’ve become now that we weren’t before. And the change that occurred in us is negative. What hurts us when we’re disciplined? Our feelings towards the person. The usual response of the person corrected is to be offended. We become offended because what they say about us is true. It may be something that you don’t want to show them, yet unintentionally, they noticed it. WE TEND TO LET PEOPLE SEE OUR GOOD SIDE.

2. DISCIPLINE IS A SIGN OF LOVE.

The reason for discipline/correction is love. Why do our parents scold us when we do something wrong? Because they don’t want us to be bad kids. We need to be disciplined. Same with God. He sends us tests and trials because He loves us. “God corrects us for our own good, because he wants us to be holy, as he is.”(Hebrews 12:10; CEV) Be happy and proud that you are corrected/disciplined because it shows that the one who corrected you cares for you. He/she is concerned about you. In Proverbs 27:6 (CEV), “You can trust a friend who corrects you, but kisses from an enemy are nothing but lies.” Of course it’s better to hear the truth from a friend than hear a lie from the enemy, right?

3. OBEDIENCE: OUR RESPONSE TO DISCIPLINE.

One corrects the other for the other to become a better person. It’s for his/her own good, not for the one who disciplines. In Hebrews 12:11, “… But if we learn to obey by being corrected, we will do right and live at peace.” Obedience is something learned. Before learning a lesson fully, it’s not something learned in one-sitting. We have to go through it again and again. So be prepared for more painful lessons of obedience through discipline in this life.

Remember that God has given us free will. All of us have the right to choose what we believe is right. We need to have strong convictions about what we believe in, because in the end, it’s still our choice. Whether we accept the correction given to us or not, it is up to us. When it comes to God’s discipline in our lives, remember that we are created according to His image. He doesn’t want us to bear another’s image because He was the One who created us, not people. He is our Heavenly Father, correcting us out of His love for us.

Kamusta, Kaibigan? (How are you, friend?)

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I’m glad that I could make a new post in my blog page tonight (it’s 6:10 P.M. now). It’s been how many days/weeks since I last posted something here? Now that it’s summer vacation, I’ll do my best to make more posts every single day to keep you, my dear readers, posted about me, and especially to keep you inspired and fired up for God though I’m into so much time spending in the “deep” nowadays. Now that I’ve mentioned something about the “deep”, I’ll post something about it later. 😀

Okay, so here I am again, guys! Hello~ It’s nice to be back to Word Press. I missed this. TTwTT I really want to share how happy I am with my grades now that I’ve finished my FIRST YEAR IN COLLEGE. I’m now an incoming Sophomore! Isn’t it fast? Haha! I became a consistent Dean’s Lister in my First Year, and I surely can’t do it without the grace of God, and with the support of my family and friends. 🙂

Our summer vacation started last Saturday. Hurray! It’s our summer vacation! I’m thankful for having a Trimester schedule at school since it’s okay for me now that I’ve adapted to it.

Now that I remembered about the book that I’m reading in the past few weeks, I want to share to you my insights there too! I’ve been reading Think by John Piper. It’s a good book, and I’m learning a lot from it.

That’s all for this post! I’ll make a new post about God’s discipline in our lives.

NOW, remember, KEEP SMILING! Keep that smile contagious as a cold virus! 🙂

This is ME! :D

This is ME! 😀

 

Prayers For The World

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J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian



The world needs prayer today.

I don’t ever ask for this, but click “like” if you’re committed to pray today for those who are suffering.

Then pray.

— J


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