We often classify ourselves and others, sometimes without even realising it. We may do it by a person’s clothes, job, where they hang out or who they hang out with. I’m not into labelling but if I was going to classify myself or be classified by others I’d like to be thought of as a ‘people-ie’. What I mean by ‘people-ie’ is someone who puts other people first, is willing to help others, fights for ‘people’ causes not just good causes, is all things to all people, a good listener, a good friend, a people person. These are things which I’m not necessarily good at but if I say I’m a follower of Jesus and he was a people ‘person’ and said things like, ‘love others as much as you love yourself’ then I need to be living what I say.
These traits don’t come naturally to me, I don’t have a sanguine personality, I’ve more of a melancholy/phlegmatic personality. If you’re not familiar with these terms a sanguine is a naturally outgoing personality who can hold three conversations at once, doesn’t like to be alone, is the life of every party and is often said to be a people person. The melancholy/phlegmatic personality is much as it sounds – someone who is quieter, more introspective, a loner, may be shy and doesn’t talk a lot.
So I’m working on my weaknesses learning to communicate more effectively, listening more, seeing positives instead of negatives and being less self-focused.
I want to be remembered as a ‘people-ie’. Someone who has a great love for people! A love which is patient, kind, not envious, boasting or proud. Not rude, or self-seeking, not easily angered and keeping no record of wrongs, not delighting in evil but rejoicing with the truth. Always protecting, always trusting, always hoping, always persevering and unfailing. This is from the Bible but written in my own words.