Immanuel Lutheran Church
3801 Cunningham Road
Killeen, Texas 76542
Ph: 254.634.2772

Aug 7, 2020


Have you ever taken a personality type indicator such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)? Organizations often ask employees to take these types of assessments to help get the right people on the right team. Everyone can’t be the good idea person or nothing would get done. You need the right balance of “idea” folks, “planning” folks, “doer” folks, and even the “why are we doing this” folks to have a successful team.

The MBTI can help you to understand why you are who you are. There are four pairs of personality types: Extroverts or Introverts, INtuitives or Sensors, Thinkers or Feelers, and Judges or Perceivers. I am an INFJ (Introvert, INtuitive, Sensing, and Judging).

For just a moment I want you to think about whether you are an Extrovert or an Introvert.  Extroverts draw their energy from others; they enjoy being surrounded by others and they can draw too much energy from us introverts if we are not careful. The COVID-19 pandemic is harder on Extroverts because they are physically separated from their friends. Their batteries are getting run down. Introverts on the other hand recharge their batteries in moments of quiet and solitude. There have been times in the last few months that I have been the only person on the floor of my building. That’s 25,000 square feet of space occupied by one human. Don’t get me wrong, we introverts need people too, but too many people is what often runs down an introvert’s batteries.

This past Sunday we held our first drive-through communion service. If was sunny, hot, cloudy, windy, and raining all in the course of a few hours (thanks, Texas). It was also amazing, wonderful, joyful, and jubilant to see all your smiling faces, at least I assume you were smiling behind your face coverings. (If life give you lemons, make lemonade; if life give you face coverings, make them awesome and fashionable!) I hope and pray that this service was an opportunity to recharge your batteries at least a little. Even as an introvert I was able to get some juice into my batteries, but by the end of the day the introvert in me was done and I mean well done. I’ve got to remember to re-apply sunscreen more often at the next drive-through communion service, which, by the way, is coming up soon on August 16th. Watch your snail-mail, email, the newsletter, and the church sign for more details!

I will leave you with the words of Isaiah: “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Here’s to recharging your batteries.

Love and blessings to you all,

Shawn Kelley
Council President, Immanuel Lutheran Church