My biggest character flaw is that I like people to like me. That’s not a bad thing, in itself, but it does, often, cause one to compromise and give in and surrender when I really don’t want to – except that, if I don’t, that person will think less of me. I greatly admire (and am totally confused by) people who really don’t care all that much about what others think of them. What is it about that little voice inside that says to me “be careful – don’t offend – don’t state anything too strongly – don’t cause a conflict – don’t cause an argument”? Why can’t my little voice be like some people I know (whom, interestingly, I don’t, in fact, think less of because of their outspokenness) who can “tell it like it is” and “let the chips fall where they may”?
I’ve concluded that that is some of the wonderful diversity in the human creation. Some of us are milk-toast. Some of us are lion-hearted. It takes all kinds… Whichever you are (even if somewhere in between), that is how God made you. Embrace it. Be who you are and make no apology. Rejoice in your quietness or your boisterousness, your likability or your abrasiveness (but be nice, too). Be who God made you to be.
[I really…really hope you like this……]