Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fruity Pebbles and Weird Girls! (High School 2/8/12)

Why are girls so weird?  That was a question asked by not a boy....but a girl. I am still trying to decide if that question opened a can of worms or it was actually a good conversation.   Let me think some more.  Hummmmmmmmmm.....I guess it was good conversation for the most part.  For a moment the debate was heated and I wasn't sure if I would make it out alive.  

Hahahaha maybe the question would have been better if it was asked, "why are girls different than boys? or why do girls act strange sometimes?"  

I guess the simple answer is, "That is just how God made us!"   
The problem is when we try to figure out each other and forget that we are all different.   We are different because of so many reasons such as: personalities, gender, ethnicity, culture, passions, faith, family circumstances, the list can go on and on.  

Here are some of the things that make us weird!  LOL

How We Think
When I learned how boy's thought processes worked and how mine worked, what an "AHH HA" moment.  Discovering that men think entirely different then girls really made sense and helped me not to expect them to understand how I feel.  They may simply not understand and that is okay and that same statement is true in reverse. What we need to be careful of is to not see it as a negative but rather God's unique way of accomplishing great things for His glory.  I will explain later in this post.  

Our Personalities
We talked about different personalities. What is my personality?  Do they need to change?  Are different personalities better than others?  We discovered that the unique part of us, which makes us unique, is the very personality God created us to have.  We each provide a different approach to life and accomplish great things for His glory....oh and once again I will explain below.  

It was fun trying to remember the four types of personalities, or also known as temperaments, that science has divided them into.  Commonly temperaments are divided into four: sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic. (Or if you like animals the Lion, Beaver, Otter and Golden Retriever)  You can be a combination of temperaments; but you are mostly likely to be predominantly one.  Go here to print a short personality test.

Sanguine (Otter)

The sanguine temperament is fundamentally impulsive and pleasure-seeking; sanguine people are sociable and charismatic. They tend to enjoy social gatherings, making new friends and tend to be boisterous. They are usually quite creative and often daydream. However, some alone time is crucial for those of this temperament. Sanguine can also mean sensitive, compassionate and thoughtful. Sanguine personalities generally struggle with following tasks all the way through, are chronically late, and tend to be forgetful and sometimes a little sarcastic. Often, when they pursue a new hobby, they lose interest as soon as it ceases to be engaging or fun. They are very much people persons. They are talkative and not shy. Sanguines generally have an almost shameless nature, certain that what they are doing is right. They have no lack of confidence.

Choleric (Lion)

The choleric temperament is fundamentally ambitious and leader-like. They have a lot of aggression, energy, and/or passion, and try to instill it in others. They can dominate people of other temperaments, especially phlegmatic types. Many great charismatic military and political figures were choleric. They like to be in charge of everything. However, cholerics also tend to be either highly disorganized or highly organized. They do not have in-between setups, only one extreme to another. As well as being leader-like and assertive, cholerics also fall into deep and sudden depression. Essentially, they are very much prone to mood swings.

Melancholic (Beaver)

The melancholic temperament is fundamentally introverted and thoughtful. Melancholic people often were perceived as very (or overly) pondering and considerate, getting rather worried when they could not be on time for events. Melancholics can be highly creative in activities such as poetry and art - and can become preoccupied with the tragedy and cruelty in the world. Often they are perfectionists. They are self-reliant and independent; one negative part of being a melancholic is that they can get so involved in what they are doing they forget to think of others.

Phlegmatic (Golden Retriever)

The phlegmatic temperament is fundamentally relaxed and quiet, ranging from warmly attentive to lazily sluggish. Phlegmatics tend to be content with themselves and are kind. They are accepting and affectionate. They may be receptive and shy and often prefer stability to uncertainty and change. They are consistent, relaxed, calm, rational, curious, and observant, qualities that make them good administrators. They can also be passive-aggressive.  

Our Age
Where we are at in our own growth is a huge determining factor on why we may be weird...hahahaha. If you are a junior higher, you are going through HUGE hormonal changes which definitely are going to play into how you act.  If you are in high school you are beginning to level out but still you are growing mentally and physically.  Our age most certainly plays into the big picture of things. 

Lastly Our Background!
There are so many other things that make us who we are.  We may have a great family or maybe we don't.  We may like basketball or maybe we like art.  We may like to write poems or maybe math is more your style (personally yuck...math).  Maybe, you grew up in a Christian home or maybe you are the only Christian in your family.  Maybe, you are German or Chinese.  There are a lot of different things that make you unique.

Alright, alright we get it...we are different! So, What????

Well, before you go right someone off as weird or strange; maybe, you can now see them in a different light. God has given each of us our own talents, abilities and personalities for a purpose.  It would be a very boring world if we were all like me.   We would be painting and eating chocolate all day.  Hummmmm maybe that is not so bad.   Then again maybe it would, we would be colorful and fat.  Hehehehehehee We need people who are leaders.  We need people who are workers. We need people who are friendly.  We need people who are dependable.  All these different types of people are a part of God's Big Plan!

I love this passage that talks about how God made us.

Psalm 139:13-18

New Living Translation (NLT)

 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body 
      and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! 
      Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 
 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, 
      as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 
 16 You saw me before I was born. 
      Every day of my life was recorded in your book. 
   Every moment was laid out 
      before a single day had passed.

 17 How precious are your thoughts about me,O God. 
      They cannot be numbered! 
 18 I can’t even count them; 
      they outnumber the grains of sand! 
   And when I wake up, 
      you are still with me! 

God made you and He has a plan for you.  God's plan is for us to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  We need leaders to preach.  We need missionaries to work.  We need evangelist to spread the gospel.  We need lay workers to get the job done.  We need all those personalities, men and women, all ages, and all backgrounds to fulfill the "Great Commission".  Bottom line God likes to use everyone....even the weird ones.  

Keep in mind God is calling you. He wants to use you for His glory.  God uses men and women alike. Are there things about your personality that is negative that needs God to come in and change?  Do you think you are too young? Are there things about your background that are holding your back?  Allow God to do something amazing in you today!  All it takes is for you to let Him in!

Oh and to answer the other question asked last night….

Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles are brands of breakfast cereal introduced by Post Cereals in 1971. 
The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that screened from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966, on ABC.

So, the answer is The Flinstones came first.   It is nice to know that they came way before me and I am not as prehistoric as all of you think I am.  I am even younger then the cereal...not by much though.  Bwahahahahahaha  

I do love a good bowl of Fruity Pebbles....

Thank you wikipedia for the 4 personalities definitions and Fruity pebbles and Flinstones answer.  heheheheheehe

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