My wife recently took a personality test which led her to urge me to take it as well. The Briggs Myers test determines which of 16 personality types you are, deciding between things like extrovert/introvert, sensing/intuition, thinking/feeling, and judging/perceiving. Taking this test is supposed to help you understand more about yourself while at the same time identifying who you get along with. That’s kind of a scary prospect when your wife is asking you to take the test.
Remember the old adage, “Opposites attract?” That really seems to be the case from this test. While I’m more of an introvert, my wife is definitely more outgoing. There were some conclusions for both of us that were a bit off, but, for the most part, we were both very accurately described by our results. It was interesting to find my strengths to be her weaknesses and vice versa. This conclusion brought an old truth to mind.
In Genesis 2, God details how He went about creating man. He says that He formed Adam out of the dust of the earth and breathed life into him. Interestingly enough, God does not do the same for woman. In fact, there is time that goes by before Eve is created. Like in all things, God had a very specific purpose in this delay. Scripture tells us that as Adam went about his responsibilities he noticed that there was no creature compatible with him. He had no one with whom he could relate. God wanted Adam to come to this realization. He then created Eve from Adam’s rib. God created man and woman to be compatible beings.
You know, you can take all the personality tests out there, but there is something far more important that needs to be at the center of our attention. Whether complete opposites or not, God needs to be at the center of every relationship. Where my wife and I clash in our personalities, our love for God enables us to work through those issues. When God is taken out of the equation, it makes sense that marriages fall apart when personality is all you really have to depend on.
Take time to evaluate the type of person you are. It is a good thing to do. But beyond that, keep God in the equation. Stay faithful as you continue to…
Walk in Him.