TYPE B SPIRITUALITY

I am a Type B. My clothes lie scattered around the hamper. I forget to make the bed (I'm often the last one out of it). My cars need to be washed. My office looks like it has been nuked.

Psychologists tell us a Type A personality is ambitious, aggressive, organized, impatient, and highly disciplined. A Type B is easygoing, noncompetitive, relaxed, and at peace with his surroundings. Virginia Price, in Psychology Today, summed up the relationship between the two: "Lots of Type A's think of Type B's as slovenly failures."

Guess what? Lots of us Type B's feel like slovenly failures. We know the "shoulds" of a disciplined Christian life, but we can't seem to maintain them.

As a Type B and a pastor, I often wonder: Can I have a vibrant spiritual life? Or do I have to become a Type A? In other words, does spiritual maturity depend upon my getting dirty socks into, not near, the hamper? Does sanctification mean a disciplined, daily, devotional regimen?

The Type A defines a vibrant devotional life ...

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