Hi Peace family! Kat McMullen here. You know what I find addicting? All those personality quizzes on Facebook! Zimbio, buzzfeed, whatever… I keep finding myself answering a bunch of silly questions in order to discover what kind of Jurassic Park dinosaur I am (Velociraptor, FYI), what I might have been in a past life (Greek philosopher), my Medieval occupation (court jester), and so on!
Why do we enjoy these goofy questionnaires so much? For one thing, they’re fascinating because it’s hard to objectively examine ourselves and understand how others interpret us. By entering our information into some logarithm that tells us which Sesame Street character we’re the most like, it gives us a small glimpse of who we appear to be. I think it goes deeper than that, though.
Comparing my results to those of my friends, it increased my awareness of how complex God made each and every one of us (see Psalm 139). Princess Leia and Willy Wonka are two completely different characters, but they are both characters whose descriptions really matched me. Meanwhile, friends who got the same result that I did on some tests, didn’t match me on others. If everyone I know, including myself, has so many different facets of their personalities, who can imagine how complex and multifaceted the God who designed us, and understands us, is!
I think besides our innate desire to know God, we also crave to be known. I know I’ve spent so much of my life trying to figure out who I am and what my purpose is; isn’t it good to know that ultimately, all that God really asks of us is to love and obey him? And he made us how he did, because he wanted a son or daughter just like us.
Anyway, just a few thoughts from your friendly neighborhood Kat.