We all have our different personalities. It’s what makes us, well, us. Each of us is wired differently. Each of us thinks differently. Each of us is not only uniquely made, we’re fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). We each have our own attitudes. We each have our own way of perceiving this world around us. We each interpret the same event in so many different ways. And that’s awesome. That’s great. We’re all different and in our diversity we create an amazing mosaic of humanity that is breathtaking to look at.
To be honest, individual personalities are so important that we love to create characters in books, in theater, in plays, and even on TV that are like us and not like us, that are quirky or shy, brazen and bold or craven and cowardly. And then, to make things even more interesting, we even have quizzes on Facebook that help determine not only what our personality type is, but what character on a specific TV show or movie or book we are like (for some very good reason they left out characters from theater, thankfully).
Last week, I had an interesting encounter with my 6 year-old daughter as I was dropping the kiddos off at school.
Yeah. She compared me to Rainbowdash. She herself said she was like Pinkie Pie. To be honest, that makes a lot of sense. When I told my wife what our daughter said, my wife simply responded with “Well, that does make sense.” Still don’t know how to make sense of that.
Okay, so if you’re completely lost, let me try to fill you in a bit. As a father of a 6 year-old girl I’ve gotten to learn more than I ever (ever ever ever) wanted to know about the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV show. And no, I’m not a brony (an adult guy, usually a college student, who is a big fan of the afore mentioned TV show). It’s about various ponies in the mythical land of Equestria where they have different adventures and learn about, well, the magic of friendship. And so, together, they have the Elements of Harmony (so not going into that) which is powered by their combined friendship. So who are these ponies then?
Twilight Sparkle is the studious unicorn (later turned alacorn) who learns about friendship being all magical. Rarity is all about glamor and fashion but also has compassion for others. Fluttershy is very shy but loving to others. Apple Jack is the hard worker who has good common sense and earthy wisdom (a good Calvinist if you ask me). Pinkie Pie is, well, the odd ball of the bunch who is always a little bubble off par. And then there’s Rainbowdash. Rainbowdash is the adventurous pegasus pony who has a main and tail of rainbow colors, flies super fast, has an ego bigger than Chicago with the ability to back it up, and tries hard to show how strong she is. She’s also very loyal to her friends (the Wikipedia article refers to her as a tomboy but I don’t think that’s fair). Please don’t ask how many episodes and seasons I’ve seen, this is hard enough to admit as it is.
And my daughter, as a 6 year-old, took all of these shows she’s seen (We really do try to curb her TV viewing to just a little bit each day, but there are times where she does watch more) and has made connections about these characters and personalities to the people around her. She identifies most with Pinkie Pie (which we soooo see in her) and she somehow has connected the personality of Rainbowdash with me. Strong. Loyal. Adventurous. I guess I’ll take it.
And so, I came home and came across one of those “Which character are you” tests for My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic. And without trying to skew the results one way or another, I got Rainbowdash. And you know those quizzes on Facebook never lie.
So, where’s this all going.
God has blessed us all to be unique. He has made us all different to be part of the tapestry of life. Honestly, all the ponies listed above support one another, one’s strength helps fill in the gap left over by another’s weakness. Where Twilight Sparkle is so studious, Rainbowdash brings out her ability to enjoy life. Where Pinkie Pie is a bit out in left field, Apple Jack helps reign her in back to reality.
We’re all made differently, but we all need each other. We fill in the gaps for one another.
Makes me think about the body of Christ, about the church. The people of God are all flawed. We’re not always right. We have strengths and we have weaknesses. And God brings us together by His Holy Spirit to help fill in the cracks in our lives. There are so many times where we don’t think we can do it on our own. And to tell the truth, we can’t. We need each other. And God gives us the tools through the Holy Spirit to work together, to fill in the cracks of one another for His work.
Paul writes about the giving the tools by the Holy Spirit
“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good…All of these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” 1 Corinthians 12:7, 11
The Elements of Harmony (mentioned above for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) can only be used if the friends work together.
God does more than that with the Holy Spirit. He brings together us flawed, messed up people who have strengths and weaknesses and somehow does awesome with us. But that’s only if we let him.
We can’t do it on our own. Just like Rainbowdash can’t do things on her own without her friends, we as the church can’t do things on our own.
We each have our own personalities. We’re all uniquely different. And that is what makes us, well, us. And if my daughter sees me like Rainbowdash (and confirmed not only by a Facebook quiz but my wife as well…and apparently others that I know) that so be it. That means she sees qualities in me she admires. And I hope that I can help her become who she needs to be with strength and weaknesses. I also hope that I can use my strengths to help support others in their weaknesses and they with their strengths support my weaknesses.
And together, well, we can work with God by the Holy Spirit in going forward participating in God’s awesome that’s planned for us.