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God's 'Awkward Squad'

Are we the only ‘normal’ people we know? Other people are so peculiar with funny little ways; everyone else is quite odd, aren’t they?

Now imagine St. Peter and St. Michael at the Pearly Gates, St. Peter glances up from their conversation and sees a crowd ambling towards them and he says… “Here they come, God’s Awkward Squad.”

It might come as a bit of a shock to notice that we are among them!

Every one of us is a unique creation of God, alike in many ways but also very different. We all have different personalities, which includes our mood, attitude, opinions and behaviours. We have the ‘sunny’ side and ‘shadow’ sides to our character.

We will struggle with some people and others will struggle with us.

It helps to try to understand ourselves and others and learn more about why we behave the way we do. In doing so, we will find it easier to accept people, including ourselves!

Psychologists Myers-Briggs developed an indicator that has been used for many years to identify how people perceive the world and make decisions.

Through the use of in depth questionnaires they identified four basic different personality types.

See if you can recognise yourself, although they can overlap somewhat -

CHOLERIC –have leadership qualities, ambitious, goal orientated, energetic go-getter, they can be impatient, dislike small talk and may lack empathy.

SANGUINE-usually lively, optimistic, carefree, love adventure, creative and entertaining, they don’t do boredom and can appear a bit shallow.

MELONCHOLIC-prefer home and familiarity, not adventurous, social minded and contribute to the community, deeply reflective, can suffer from depression.

PHLEGMATIC –empathic, warm, trusting, unassuming, have difficulty expressing emotion, risk adverse and can be passive.

These rather general categories can help us to be self - aware and look for the good in others. We can try to stop judging and put our assumptions aside when we understand more about why people behave the way they do. Let’s become more accepting of others and embrace our differences.

Jesus welcomes everyone, just look at the first disciples-

‘Impetuous’ Peter

‘Doubtful’ Thomas

‘Resolute’ Matthew

‘Hard hearted’ Judas

‘Quiet’ Jude

Psalm 139 tells us that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’.

Rejoice and thank God that we, and others, are all ‘God’s Awkward Squad’; fearfully and wonderfully made. No matter our personality, we are all deeply loved and accepted by God.