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community for the introvert // the importance of dream defenders

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Outgoing Introvert. That’s me.

It’s not that I’m shy, and it’s not that I don’t love people. I do. But it seems I have a time limit when it comes to most social interactions. After about an hour into conversation I start to withdraw. Too much talking and too many faces all at once leaves me feeling exhausted. I want to retreat. I want to go home and put on my pj’s.

But I know there is value in deep rooted friendships. There is freedom in having accountability and close-knit relationships. I’m not naive to the fact that these kind of relationships take a lot of time and energy, and because of that, I’ve had to step out of my comfort zone and really invest myself. I have the “top 5” people in my life that I can call on when I’m struggling, or when I want someone to celebrate with. These are the people who see my “ugly” and love me thru it. But it takes me being honest and vulnerable. And that is SO uncomfortable for me.

The Lord calls us to live in close-knit community, that’s just the way He intended it. He modeled that for us in His own life, because accountability is everything.

I’m currently studying the books of John and over and over in his letters he talks about the importance of having people in your life who lift you up and point you to the truth.

Seeking out community may look different for extroverts and introverts. And if we’re not careful, no matter what category we fall in, we can miss out on a lot of good things and ignore how the Holy Spirit might be leading us.

For example, extroverts are usually great at seeking out community and connecting with others. They may even be really great at opening up and being honest to form authentic relationships. But if an extrovert isn’t careful, because they love the attention of people so much, they may start to loose focus on others and unintentionally focus on themselves. “Everyone look at me! Listen to what I have to say!”.

And on the flip side, an introvert may have trouble seeking out community and connecting on a personal level. Most introverts find accountability uncomfortable, and deep conversation exhausting. “I’ll just handle this myself. I don’t need anyone’s help!”.

Either way, pride and selfishness can creep in if we’re not intentional about our relationships and how we engage with others. And guys, community is such a HUGE part of our life line! Let’s not miss out on this!

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” – Ecc. 4:9-10

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Prov. 27:17

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For those considering coming to Camp Well…

We are praying wholeheartedly for each and every one of you. We pray that you come and connect with other like-minded women. Even the introverts out there! Listen, I get it. It’s intimidating to come to a place where you may not know anyone. But we WELCOME you with open arms. This is a place for YOU.

We have 10 spots left as of today….is one spot for you?

1 Comment on community for the introvert // the importance of dream defenders

  1. Sharonmankin@mac.com
    March 25, 2016 at 9:49 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing, Kelly. I am in a season of focusing on fewer and deeper relationships. It requires commitment and so much energy! But that’s where the richness of life is round. So glad camp well is an intimate group. Small enough where real relationships will develop and people can grow through them– I Can’t wait!

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