Last week I went to my cousin’s Speech and Debate Tournament and listened to him and a lot of other homeschoolers present their speeches in front of judges. I enjoyed listening to every one of them, but one speech in particular really stuck out to me. A speech about personalities.
He spoke about different personalities in context of animals (he referenced getting this from someone else, but I cannot remember this man’s name…). The animals he used were the Lion, the Otter, the Golden Retriever, and The Beaver. I will briefly explain each.
The Lion personality comes from a person that is a leader. Setting their minds to a task and stopping at nothing until that task is done, and done well. This person has a tendency to boss people around, but also bring people together by taking charge of a project. Lions are very specific to their tasks, and can recognize the personalities in others, giving them tasks that would be best for them. Those of you that know me well, know that this describes me to a T….I can be very, very, bossy…….
The Otter personality comes from a person that is playful. Easy going and not caring what goes on in the world as long as everything is happy in his life. These people are excellent at encouraging and “bringing the party” wherever they go. They base their lives on their friends, so when they have no friends, they seem to fall apart. As the boy said in his speech, “Tigger, from Winnie the Pooh, has the Otter personality!”
The Golden Retriever personality comes from a person that is loyal. Willing to follow and support anyone who seems to know what they are doing, but never having their own complete opinions. They have only a few true friends and stay loyal to the end.
The Beaver personality comes from a perfectionist. Constantly working to make everything “perfect”, and never truly enjoying what it is they are doing. However, the Beaver fixes things better than anyone else and can see details that no one else saw.
Again referring to the speaker, not very many people are completely Lion or completely Otter, every person is mostly one and a little bit of another. I am one of the rare ones, being completely Lion…..
But, what do we do with our personalities? Do we go find someone else with the same personality and stay away from the ones who are different? Do we sulk and complain because we have a personality different from the one we want?
Well the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:14-15:
“For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body.”
And in 1 Corinthians 12:17-18:
“If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.”
We do not need to complain about our personality, but thank God for the one he gave us! He specially chose it just for you! Instead we need to find people who are different from us and learn the strong traits they have, uniting all of our strengths together to make an even stronger strength!
Think about all the stuff that goes into a batch of cookies. You have the dry ingredients, the wet ingredients, the bowl to mix the ingredients together, the spoon to stir, the pan to bake them on, the heat from the oven, and the room temperature to cool the cookies when out of the oven. Oh and the milk to dip the cookies in!
That is quite a bit of stuff, but if you left just one of those things out, you would not have a delicious cookie. No spoon would mean one “cookie” would be powder, while the another would be a drink (not a very good drink might I add…). No cool air to cool of the cookies would mean you would have a scalded mouth when you tried to bite into one. And so on.
The same thing goes for personalities. If we didn’t have the Loyal Golden Retrievers, the Lion Leaders would have no support. No Otters would make this life very boring. While having no Beavers would leave this world a very messy place.
Having too much of one is also not a good idea. I think we all know what happens when the oven adds too much heat to our cookies… We need to have a balanced amount of everything. That is why we need to take such great care in reading our Recipe Book. The Bible tells you just how much of one friend you need and what kind of character traits you need to work on, which ones you are gifted with, and even which ones to stay away from.
We need to unite our personalities and make cookies! Really, organize a get-together with some of your closest friends and bake cookies. Figure out each one of your personalities and see what the Bible says about each, then unite yourselves and start a ministry with cookies! Whether that is baking cookies for the members of your church or to take to a nursing home, as long as you each be yourselves, have fun, and give the glory to God, you will not only become closer friends, but also will receive a blessing!