It’s been raining here in Lynchburg for about 3 days now, which is tough on us melancholies. If you don’t know much about us (melancholies,) let me inform you. To sum it up, we’re most likely the introverted, task-driven, perfectionist, artist/musician creative-type. We’re the more emotional of the personalities. I don’t know what connection the rain has to do with that, but it’s hard to be motivated to do anything on those days.
But there is a positive side to the fall season here in Lynchburg. It brings some radiant colors to the trees here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They seriously look as if they’re on fire. It’s beautiful! (which really jacks us melancholies up!) …and even more so if we have an understanding of the Creator God.
The challenge for the Christ-following melancholy is to overcome those days when we don’t necessarily “feel” like modeling Christ to others. As one of my Profs says: “What we know and believe is more important than what we feel.” Think about it; what distinguishes us from the world when we respond only out of our feelings? Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:1 to be “imitators” of God. He doesn’t say only when we feel like it...but always.
So, is it necessarily a curse or just a way that Christ uses to shape us to be more like Him for our time on this earth?