It Takes all Kinds – Intricately Designed {and Link-up}

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I am a fan of motion.

I am most comfortable when I am doing something. And I am really bad at doing nothing.

My mind is rarely at rest. Instead my thoughts are always searching, planning, reasoning, digging, solving, or constructing. Even my nothing has to be full of some activity. For years I struggled with depression. Yet, even in the midst of depression, my mind longed to be busy, as I met the demand for motion with interactive video games, or searching and digging on the Internet.

Combined with a gift of creativity, a heart for people, and an entrepreneurial spirit, I am almost always busy with some task or project that I have created, appointed myself, or volunteered for.

During difficult and trying seasons this tendency speeds into hyper-drive, transforming me into an individual who rarely has time to feel fear or pain, because she is so busy doing. If you have an inclination to hide in busyness, I recently wrote a post that you might find encouraging.

Like many who are reading this, I used to find this type of pace unnerving. I longed to be different than who am I. I whole-heartedly desired to be more like other Christian women, women who seemed more thoughtful and restrained. Yet, as I have matured, and faced the challenges presented to me, I have learned to see the beauty in God’s wisdom of gifting individuals unique personalities.

It takes all kinds to accomplish Kingdom work.

The same traits that make it hard for me to pull myself from my work before I have finished also help me to press through when the work gets tough, or the world around me has become difficult. Because of the challenges I have faced, I have often heard “I don’t know how you do it” or “If it was me, I don’t think I could do that”. My consistent response is “It’s not me – It’s God”.

And that is completely true.

But one of the ways that God enables me is through the traits that He has designed for, and placed within, me. Because the truth is

I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Have you ever studied anatomy, and the way the human body functions? Have you ever really thought about the wonderful way that a woman’s body adjusts to conceive, mature, and bring to birth a new life? If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so. It is amazing! It serves as further evidence of an intelligent creator God who has thoughtfully and intricately designed us.

God formed us, and knows us. We have been deliberately and intentionally designed, from the inside out.

The same personality features that provide growth opportunities, and require me to walk in self-control through a life submitted to Christ, also enable me to accomplish greater feats for His purpose, and through His strength and power.

Without Christ, a daring and creative spirit, full of curiosity can often lead to foolish bravado, but in His loving hands, it compels me to dare to accomplish the impossible through, and for, Christ.

Without Christ, a seemingly endless supply of energy, and a bubbly personality can unsettle my peers, but through Christ it enables me to persevere in hope during the most desperate of situations, and encourage others to, as well.

Without Christ, a natural introvert having a suspicious and searching mind, is often lonely and secretly longs for friendship. But through Him, I am gifted with discernment so that I can edify those relationships that I am bold enough to seek and respond to.

Without Christ, insecurities influence my talkative nature toward self-centered topics. But through Christ, I am encouraged and emboldened to share my testimony as guided by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of giving God glory and leading others to the throne of grace. I am also empowered to understand the importance of listening and responsive dialogue as an effective tool for offering healing to the hurting.

Without Christ, I have a truthful but unnecessarily blunt, conversational style. But through Christ, I can speak the truth in love, boldly proclaiming the power of Christ to forgive and heal, and gently restoring others from sin.

Without Christ I am prone to a critical spirit and have a tendency toward self-pity. But through Christ, I willingly acknowledge my continual need for mercy and grace, and more freely offer it to others.

Each of us was created with a unique and specific purpose in mind. You and I may be very different people, but our differences very likely enable us to walk out our different callings. Yet, you and I were not simply created. We were designed. And,

God’s designs are purposeful.

Within this design, each of us has been appointed strengths, weaknesses, gifts, and struggles. The many varying personality traits that make up who we are, whether we consider them good or bad, strong or weak, were intentionally included, or allowed.

The same personal feature that you consider a hindrance, could be a vital part of God’s plan for carrying out His will in, and for, your life.

He has drafted a Kingdom assignment specifically for you to fulfill, and He trusts you, and has designed you, to complete it. That trait that you causes you frustration, the one you have been trying to change through your own power, or wish would just plain disappear, is present for the purpose of drawing you closer to Christ. He is waiting for you to surrender it to Him, so that He can mold it, shape it, and use it, and therefore use you, mightily.

For further study: Psalm 139: 13-14, Psalms 119:73, 1 Corinthians 12:13-20, Jeremiah 1:5, Ephesians 1:4

For prayer on this topic visit today’s Daily Hope & a Prayer devotional.

So, for all of you who, like me, feel more like it’s a Wednesday than a Monday, here’s…

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  1. Hi Letitia, how are you? Thank you for the last post. So I did an article about it. May God encourage you and your family. Remain Strong.
    Ifeoma Samuel recently posted…Sharing God In Our PainMy Profile

  2. “Each of us was created with a unique and specific purpose in mind. You and I may be very different people, but our differences very likely enable us to walk out our different callings. Yet, you and I were not simply created. We were designed”

    What a beautiful truth to be reminded of this Monday morning. After a trying weekend, I am so glad that I found your blog. Your words had such a healing impact on my weary heart. Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us. You have a new follower. 🙂
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    • Kelsey, I begin each post with prayer, hopeful that I will be used to encourage. But I must admit, I was concerned I had fallen into my tendency (speaking of personality traits) to overshare during this post. 🙂 I am encouraged to know that you were blessed! Thank you for visiting Motivate and Rejuvenate Monday! Blessings – Letetia
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  3. I am glad you have covered this today. So many believe that if they aren’t the ones yelling Christ’s name in the street that they aren’t working for His Kingdom, and get themselves down. I love how gracefully you have pointed out that He made all kinds & He intends to use all kinds. (And your picture? Just darling!)
    Blessings,
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    • Deborah, I could not agree more. Often we are distracted by comparing our efforts to the work of others. This not only hinders our ability to be used, but to appreciate all that God is doing within and through us. I look forward to the day when this never applies to me. But I am a work in progress… lol! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I always enjoy it! Blessings, Letetia
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  4. It’s good to be back to your wonderful link-up. Have a blessed week!
    Heaven recently posted…Choose Love Through WordsMy Profile

  5. Oh my, YES!! I loved this post. Your words were so true, so encouraging. Sometimes I chastise myself for who I am – there seems to be so many things that I am dissatisfied about. But, God made me just the way I am (except for the sin part!), and knows my frame. He has things to do in each of our lives, through our personalities and differences – all we have to do is surrender to His transforming work!

    It takes all kinds – that’s what makes the Body of Christ so diverse and amazing. And Jesus? Our perfect Head!!

    GOD BLESS!

  6. Hi Letetia,

    How are you? Hope all is well. I really appreciate what you wrote here. I think when we as the Body of Christ learns to respect each others strengths, differences and weaknesses in each other and ourselves, build each others strengths and fill the gap in each others weaknesses we could complete God’s big plan and picture. It is amazing how God fits us together like pieces of a puzzle to create something miraculous and extraordinary.
    I am an introvert as well, and sometimes are very afraid to do the things He has set out for me to do. The plan I know God has for my life will take courage and strength. I know I can’t do it on my own. Without Him, I would just prefer to remain in my comfort zone, afraid of hurt, rejection and those related emotions that come with taking chances.
    Blessings to you and keep encouraging.
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    • Latisha, my sister, it’s always good to hear from you! I have missed talking to you. It is easier for us introverts to remain in our comfort zone, but the easy route is definitely not the most fulfilling one. We were designed for community (I have to remind myself of this often!), so I will pray for your courage and please pray for mine. 🙂 Blessings! xoxo – Letetia
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  7. Hello Letetia,
    I love how you compared various traits which, when used in God’s strength, are helpful and edifying, but when used outside of their intended purposes, can be harmful and destructive. It was helpful to me to remember that the things I don’t like about myself are part of who I am for a reason. Our loving, heavenly Father knows what He is doing, and He has plans to prosper us and not to harm us.
    So glad to have connected with you sweet friend,
    Kamea
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  8. “Without Christ, insecurities influence my talkative nature toward self-centered topics. But through Christ, I am encouraged and emboldened to share my testimony as guided by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of giving God glory and leading others to the throne of grace. I am also empowered to understand the importance of listening and responsive dialogue as an effective tool for offering healing to the hurting.”
    I love your contrasts on each of these – this one is particularly convicting for me! Jesus turns our natural into supernatural!
    Thanks for another great piece!
    Angela Martin recently posted…Jerk or Just?My Profile

    • As women, we can (if we allow ourselves) spend too much time overthinking, analyzing and criticizing ourselves (I know I do). So, it’s nice to be able to think on how God takes our us-ness and makes it into something that reflects Himself. 🙂 Always good to hear from you Angela! xoxo – Letetia
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  9. Love this post, standing in awe and amazement at how God is at work in our lives, changing us from the inside out ❤️
    Beth Willis miller recently posted…He is not far from each one of us…My Profile

  10. Hey there great post and great point, God can use us all. Thanks for sharing this at Good Morning Mondays and have a great week. Blessings
    Terri Presser recently posted…PASTA SALADMy Profile

  11. Letetia, I love your words here. I can identify sometimes with the “so busy doing.” Actually I could identify with a lot of what you said. How true this is: “The same personality features that provide growth opportunities, and require me to walk in self-control through a life submitted to Christ, also enable me to accomplish greater feats for His purpose, and through His strength and power.” With Christ in us we can do anything He has called us to do. 🙂
    Gayl recently posted…From Frustration to PeaceMy Profile

  12. Praise God for each member of the body of Christ, each designed uniquely by Him for His specific purpose! Thanks for the great post and for hosting & God bless!
    Laurie Collett recently posted…The Lord’s Supper: Before, During and AfterMy Profile

  13. Beautiful words to begin my day. Without Christ who I am today would look totally different. I am unique and fearfully and wonderfully made because Christ chose me before I was born and for this I am so thankful. I loved the words that say “it takes all kinds to accomplish kingdom work”. Amen! have a blessed weekend.
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  14. It’s my first time on your site and you are so right! We are all different, but have some unique gift to offer in serving the King. God bless and thank you for the reminder.

  15. Thank you for linking up with me on #livefreeThursday. <3
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  16. Love the inspiration here! Linking up from #livefreeThursday!

    ~Michelle~
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  17. We are wonderfully made! Yes indeed! What beautiful words to read this evening. Thanks for sharing on the Shine Blog Hop!
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  18. Great post! Popped over from Faith Barista. So true – I find my mind is always going / working too hard and often taking me down rabbit trails I don’t need! This was an encouraging post. Blessings Philippa

  19. It is so important to see the way our unique personalities are the source of both positive and negatives in our life!

  20. Letetia, Thank you so much for the reminder that each of us is individually designed by God. For so much of my life, I tried to make myself fit in with everyone else. It wasn’t until recently that I have truly begun to embrace the unique design that God has for me.
    Blessings,

    Sarah

    • First of all, I love your twitter user name! Sarah, I understand completely. I am almost 40 and I am just learning to appreciate all the little nuances that make me unique. God bless you! Thanks for visiting!
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – April 19My Profile

  21. I feel like God has been showing me lately how we are all meant to work together as different parts of the same body. I’m glad at the end you added 1 Corinthians 12:12-30. That’s exactly what I thought of when I read this! We all have a purpose but the body works most smoothly when all parts are working towards the same end. Blessings! I found you at the Grace & Truth linkup and also wanted to let you know about a group we started on Facebook for linkups, blog hops, etc., called the “Christian Bloggers and Business Networking” group. We’d love to have you share your linkup there and be a part of lifting up others in Christ. <3
    Kristi Miller recently posted…Life in Christ MinistriesMy Profile

    • Kristi,
      I am so glad you joined us today! I will most certainly find you on Facebook and I appreciate the invite. God bless you and I hope to speak with you gain soon!
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  22. I was really blessed with this post. Thank you for sharing your heart. It’s neat to see how God works in each of us!
    Thanks for linking up with Grace&Truth! 🙂
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