Pastor Rick: Introverts Unite!

by Pastor Rick Henderson

The title of this post might seem nonsensical. Truth be told, I am feeling a bit silly. And yet, there’s nothing silly about what I’ve experienced lately. I’m an introvert. On every personality assessment, I peg introvert. I love dark rooms and solitude. I happily go to movies alone. I’ve never once boarded a plane looking forward to the new people I might meet. Being alone rarely equates to being lonely.

This might be unexpected coming from a pastor. I love people and I love gathering for church. I love life groups and men’s Bible studies. Paradoxically, I’ve also always loved and longed for my times alone.

Lately, I’ve discovered something new about myself. I’m an introvert who needs people. As restrictions continue to ease, my schedule has filled with appointments for coffee, rounds of golf and sitting in the backyards of new friends. My life group has gathered for an evening of outdoor games and we have more get-togethers coming. This introvert is experiencing a new intensity of anticipation and love for getting together.   

Maybe God used the season of restrictions to help me see what I’ve taken for granted for too long.  Community is a gift. Gathering is a gift. Smaller groups and purposefully embracing vulnerability is a gift. I have always known these were gifts. I could tell you stories of personal benefit going back years. And yet, I have never felt about it the way I do now. 

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.(Hebrews 10:24-25) 

Now is not the time to throw caution to the wind. We still have guidelines to follow. If you’re like me, maybe you have been indulging in social distance. Perhaps it’s time to take a step towards joining a group, even if it’s online. Perhaps it’s time to start purposefully moving towards that good gift of vulnerable community. Perhaps it’s time for introverts to unite.