Spiritual Practice


Erin Burke

In our society, we tend to celebrate extroverts because they are seen as fun-loving people who generally take more risks. Introverts are often viewed as shy and more likely to play it safe. I am an introvert; and for a long time, I thought this was something I needed to change about myself.

As I have grown older, I have learned that neither personality type is better than the other. Choosing to stay home and read a good book or searching for a quiet corner at a party is a matter of preference. Just as hanging out with other people energizes extroverts, time alone and quiet activities refresh me.

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Mark 1:35 (NIV)

Looking at scripture, I’m not sure if Jesus would be classified as an introvert or an extrovert. He spent a lot of time with other people, but he was always going off to find a quiet place to pray. I think Jesus understood the importance of balance. Being around friends and people we love is important, but sometimes we need quiet time alone in order to recharge and refresh.


REFLECT AND ACT: Do you tend to be more of an introvert or an extrovert? What practice helps you to recharge and refresh? Each day find a way to take a “mini-Sabbath,” to make time to be alone with God.

—from devozine (July/August 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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