3 Ways to Thrive
3 ways an introvert can thrive in dts
Committing to a 5-6 month experience with an unknown community & location is daunting for anyone… but for an introvert it feels especially intimidating. The excitement and adventure of a DTS is paired angst of meeting new people and being pushed out of your comfort zone.
The good news is that God calls people of all personality types to missions.
If he calls you to it, he’ll equip you for it! Here are 3 things I’ve picked up along the way that will help introverts thrive in a DTS:
1. Have Quiet Time
There’s time built into the day to spend alone with the Lord, and as an introvert, you recharge with time alone. Take advantage of this! DTS is busy, filled with people; however, the scheduled quiet times in the day provide the perfect opportunity to maximize your recharge time. Also, take all of the free time you have to focus on healthy habits that give you life. Instead of reaching for your phone or Netflix, go for a walk, exercise, or spend time in the Word or prayer!
2. Embrace Your Uniqueness
“Shy. Quiet. Doesn’t talk much. Didn’t notice you were here”.….. Many of us introverts have heard this. They are usually made with no negative intent, but they still promote the idea that we live in an extrovert’s world. The good news is that there are things introverts bring to the table that no one else can! Your unique personality is essential and is made in the image of God. Jesus needed alone time just like we do. Don’t force yourself into a personality that isn’t you. DTS is the perfect time to really experiment, figure out how you best operate, and how God has uniquely equipped you to share his love. You are needed. Be who you were created to be – don’t try to be someone else. In her blog, Anisha Hopkinson says, “I’ve learned that while I’m busy agonizing and feeling ashamed over who I’m not God is right there waiting and wanting to use who I am.”
3. get out of your comfort zone
Everybody has one, and DTS pushes EVERYONE out of it. When you develop healthy identity and become comfortable with who God made you to be, your comfort zone is no longer a limitation. You can do things you would never naturally do when you’re walking in the Spirit. Even if it’s tiring, you will get recharged – so commit to pushing through for the kingdom. The secret is that extroverts face the same issues. They have just as many things to overcome to get out of their comfort zone – it just looks differently than introverts. In this Psychology Today article, a psychiatrist describes the incredible mental benefits of getting out of your comfort zone. It’s science, people.
The Discipleship Training School at YWAM Asheville is a cross cultural, life changing experience. And as an introvert myself, I invite you to use your personality as a tool for missions, not a barrier. You are wanted. You are needed.
If You’re Ready
to get out of your comfort zone and chase after Jesus with a community of like minded people, come do a DTS at YWAM Asheville.
All personality types welcome.