The more Christian introverts I come across, the more that they share this burden that weighs them down. Their being introverts causes them to feel a sense of guilt, or regret, or shame, for their inability to be completely invested in community all of the time. They often find themselves in a place where they’re overextended, or in a quiet thought mode of, “I feel like I am missing out on what faith really is,” or “It seems like I to do more… but I just can’t.” As an introvert myself, here are some thoughts that have helped me along the way of being an introvert who is a Christian:
1. Christianity is a community experience. As an introvert I have had to remind myself that it is not the quantity of the relationships, but it is the quality of them.
2. The community-based movement of Jesus was not started with a large group of people (Twelve people, plus family, and a few people they met along the way). If that were a church, it’d be a very small church. If we help change twenty lives in our time, we’ll have done something extraordinary for the world.
3. While Christianity is based in action, it must also be based in contemplation. Introverts, you could make the case, have a head start in contemplation because of their ability to live in the quiet. Introspection, self-knowledge, contemplation can all bring a deeper communion with God. This is something that we might be able to teach more naturally.
4. We must remember that, as important as love of neighbor is, it is deeply intrinsically tied to love of self. How can we give others what we aren’t giving to ourselves first?
Hope this is able to instill a healthier introverted Christianity.