I have discussed this topic before, but I like to revisit it often because it’s not talked about much in church. Too often, shy churchgoers and members are labeled and forgotten.
Although I share my thoughts somewhat liberally online, I am a rather shy and reserved person in my day-to-day life. This presents many challenges as a Christian. Christ was intentional about His relationships, so even in my shyness, He calls me to love and seek people.
Here are a few confessions of a shy Christian.
- Evangelism is anything but natural. It doesn’t happen organically for me. I’m often focused on the task at hand. I rarely look to my right or left and wonder how I can engage those around me in gospel conversations. In many ways, my shyness has made me an ineffective evangelist.
- Church interactions can be somewhat awkward. It takes people a while to get a read on me. As a result, I’ve had numerous clunky and rather un-fluid conversations.
- My spiritual growth has stagnated at times. This is a result of failure to be honest about my questions and qualms about/with God. Recently, I have learned the value of letting some people in on my thought patterns.
- Ministry is an uphill battle. Ministry is an uphill battle anyways, but shyness can add other challenges as well. Simply engaging a church newcomer in conversation can be difficult.
- I’ve missed opportunities to experience the power of the Holy Spirit. Either in evangelism or being encouraged by another Christian, I have reaped the less than positive results of relying on my introversion instead of God too many times.
I would guess there are many shy Christians who identify with the things written above. If you do, ask God to grow you in these challenging areas. I have found prayer to be the perfect start to overcoming some of my personality pitfalls.