Have you ever done a personality test? I’ve seen several different types of tests that come to similar conclusions. According to the Meyers Briggs Personality Types test, I am an ESFJ. Another ‘label’ I would carry would be a “phlegmatic.” Someone would also suggest that I represent the “blue quadrant” or according to Carol Tuttle, I may be a blend of Type 2 (Sensitive) and Type 4 (Serious). Part of my tendency is to be loyal. I am generally dependable and steady. I take things in stride and don’t over-dramatize things. I would bet if I was prone to being a caregiver, my type of personality would work well in an emergency room however, I’ll assure you that I would not be a good asset in the emergency room, trust me... Hubby is a lot better nurse than me!
Lil Sweet Pea and I have been studying the book, “Character Sketches,” published by Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts, which is designed to illustrate principles of the Bible through nature. The latest character strength we learned about was loyalty and how one of the aspects of loyalty is being willing to adjust a schedule to meet the needs of those I am serving. In a practical sense of putting loyalty into action, we learned that the Great Horned Owl is very loyal to its young. In fact, because of the demands of feeding, the female begins nesting very early in the spring; so early, in fact, that she may be setting on her eggs during extreme cold and snow as it nears the end of winter. The female owl is very determined to set on her eggs even if the weather is less than ideal; she never leaves her nest during extreme conditions in the case that her eggs would freeze. She sacrifices comfort and nourishing her body in order to serve her owlets more fully when they are born. When the owlets are born, they are very demanding and have an enormous appetite. The benefit to early nesting is the fact that leaves and foliage have not started to grow yet and the remaining snow provides a sharp contrast in which rodents are easily spotted. The Great Horned Owl is an amazing example in nature of how “loyalty is adjusting my schedule to meet the needs of those I am serving.”
I like to think that we can learn a lesson in loyalty from The Great Horned Owl. Let’s lay aside our agendas and serve others with a cheerful attitude, making the adjustments needed to come to their aid. In being loyal, we are showing that the other party has value. Another word for loyalty is devotion or faithfulness. I have found that being loyal to Hubby is essential for building a culture of trust in our marriage. As I sow seeds of loyalty or faithfulness in our relationship, I will eventually reap a good harvest from it. This is something I must be vigilant at and in return, it provides a safe, secure relationship. Loyalty can be shown in many ways; adjusting our schedule to the needs of others is only one way that can provide a culture of love and honor in our homes. Next week, I’ll touch on more ways we can build strong character in our lives. Proverbs 3:3&4