BE GLAD WE’RE NOT COPIES
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In Infant and Preschool classes, I learned that our body is called a trunk. From it grow appendages like arms, legs and head. I’m glad we’re alike in those ways.
What intrigues me most is the differences in our personality traits. Some people call that temperaments. There was a time when I researched it. My favorite author, then and now, is Florence Littauer.
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Humans have enough common characteristics to create four different temperament charts. Then Florence continues to explain how each temperament varies due to endless combinations of strengths and weaknesses.
I’ve been reading the Book of John. Chapter twenty really intrigued me with its description of three people who came to check on Jesus’ tomb.
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When they heard her report, both men took off running. John outran Peter, but when he got to the tomb he only bent over and looked in.
Peter came running up and barged on in to see for himself what was there. John followed him in.
Matthew Henry, Bible commentator, noted that John could out-run Peter, but Peter out-dared John. Not only that, perhaps John motivated Peter to run faster, while Peter’s boldness gave John more courage.
I’m glad we’re not simply copies of one another. Our differences make life interesting. They even encourage us to grow and spread our wings.
Yes, I know differences also cause anger and disagreements. But there’s a characteristic available to ALL temperaments: Self-Control.
If you have worked on developing that trait, I’m sure you've seen how it leads to tranquility.
*PERSONALITY PLUS, How to Understand Others by Understanding Yourself, Florence Littauer, Fleming H. Revell, Grand Rapids, MI, 1992.
Other personalities material by Florence Littauer is available from CLASServices.com or www.thepersonalities.com