Loyalty Re­wards

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Classfieds - By Wanda Smith

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

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