God made each of us with unique personalities, however, we must never use our uniqueness as an excuse to stray from the baseline of His Image. I’ve been guilty of justifying my “unique personality” by saying, “Well, that’s just the way I am.” While it is true that we all have a wide range of proclivities–cynicism, fearfulness, shyness, brashness, quick temper, etc.–we must remember that God is NONE of these things. Since we are made in His Image—we should NOT we be any of these things either. If we are capable of being honest with ourselves in identifying our personality norms which are not a reflection of God, we will can learn to change. If not, we will tragically never become ALL that God planned for us. Unless we’re willing to face the truth about what we need to change, the truth will never help us improve. If we are completely open to God, and are spending time with Him, He will teach us how to change. God is teaching me that most of my personality deficiencies stem from my pride. When I remove myself and my pride from my personality traits, He reveals the positive purpose of each unique characteristic. For example, when stripped of pride, my anger becomes righteous indignation in the pursuit of justice for the oppressed. Cynicism is replaced with His judicious wisdom. Even characteristics like shyness or timidity–which we often excuse as immutable—are simply forms of pride or lack of trust in God and can be inhibiting our great gift of compassion. God can take prideful boldness or foolish brashness and change it into noble, unfettered courage. Will we allow our personality to be dominated by the negative–like cynicism, doubt, anger, shyness, despair, fear, etc.—or, will we live freely in the glorious knowledge and truth of God’s Word? “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” (Psalms ‭139:14a-17)‬