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Topic: Rest (06/14/04)

TITLE: Rest and Personality Type A, B, C or S
By Anna Johnson


I like Webster's 1913 definitions of rest -- "A state of quiet or repose; a cessation from motion or labor; tranquility; as, rest from mental exertion; rest of body or mind."

It seems so often in life, the ultimate rest humans crave is escape from ourselves. How is this possible when we are either Personality Type "A", "B" or "C"?

The First Personality Type "A" is the classic workaholic, creating work where none exists, and finding reasons for busyness, making rest a "workable" illusion. Is Type A personality too driven of self-importance and fearful of not being noticed to cease from activity?

Personality Type "B", the less outwardly driven counterpart to Type A, is also inwardly unwavering in an opposite extreme. Being so laid back that nothing bothers Type B leaves much undone, so the drive becomes avoidance with a "lese fair" attitude. A perpetual rest is no rest, but may border on laziness or lack of concern.

A new Personality Type "C", better known as "Christian," emerges as a child of the Lord Jesus Christ. Type C is the least understood by Christians, because becoming Type C at the moment of rebirth, we still find ourselves operating in Type A or Type B form, but we do it in the "Name of God's Kingdom." We either perform to show Him and others the magnitude of our spirituality, or we expect God to do it all and leave a bad taste in the mouth of non-Christians who observe that our Sweet Jesus now appears to be a reason to act irresponsibly. There is no rest, no break from the driving forces of fear. But the driving force of perfect love God creates into Personality Type "S".

"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that has entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fail after the same example of unbelief" (Hebrews 4:9-11, KJV). Because the Lord ceased from His works, resting on the 7th day, we are to rest in His perfect works from the foundation of the world as we rest in Him. This requires belief and surrender.

To emerge Personality Type "S" is the true rest we all desire, yet grasping its importance requires spiritual discernment. Surrender is learning God's humility, by letting go of human inner drives opposing the Word of God. Through trials and tribulations, we learn we can only do so much or so little, and extremes shouldn't exist in God's Kingdom. Type S is broken of self-performance, laziness, or being super-spiritual. What remains is purified desire to rest in the heart of God and His plan for our lives. What was once driven through fear or other human emotion, is now surrendered to the One who knows the beginning from the end, as we understand our limitations mean resting in His plan and perfect timing for our lives.

Whatever personality type, we rest assured that the repose we hunger for is a healthy one based on belief in God's Word. In His arms, we relax, compelled to stop questioning, and to nestle in His protective embrace, ready to move or not move when He alone commands. Knowing He is in control, and how apart from Him we can do nothing, purges guilt and fear. Perfect love then brings security and blessed assurance that He is who He says He is. When we act obediently to His voice, not our former Personality Type "A", "B" or "C", but "S", free of performance, avoidance or our perception of Christian spirituality, we abound in surrender and rest in Him.

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Lynda Lee Schab 06/28/04
I enjoyed your article - it really drove home the fact that we all need balance in our lives and that true rest is surrender - Great job! Blessings, Lynda Schab
L.M. Lee06/29/04
Ellen, this was a wonderfully insightful piece! I loved it!
Deborah Porter 06/30/04
Ellen, what a clever angel to approach this. Using the personality types, you caught the attention of the reader and used that start to bring in a great spiritual message. Well done. With love, Deb