In a recent article in “O” – four personality types: the feeler, the sensor, the thinker and the intuitor.
Nothing new here, and that’s what catches my attention – with a question, “If there’s nothing new here, are we stuck with the same old sixes and nines, fixed and determined, repackaged every ten years or so by pop-culture pundits?”
Consider cows and kangaroos. They, too, have personalities – some aggressive, some passive; some seemingly more intelligent, but fixed and determined!
The other day, on the pier, I watched a seagull pick up a barnacle, rise ten feet and then drop it – several times, until the shell was broken and dinner was served. Wonderful to watch, but fixed and determined!
Are we no different than animals? Are we locked into basic types and inescapable patterns of behavior? “I’m Irish, that’s why I have a temper.” “I’m German, that’s why I’m stubborn.” “I’m English, that’s why I can’t cook.” Fixed and determined?
For sure, we’re animals, flesh, blood and bone … we’re evolutionary descendants of who-knows-what and cousins to the chimp in the zoo. We have our personality types; we have our ways. But so do cows and chickens!
Is there any more?
His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Thus He has given us, through these things, His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4).
For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life (Ephesians 2:10).
You are so much more, neither fixed nor determined! And don’t let anyone tell ya’ different!