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Let Natural Personality Traits Enhance the Use of Spiritual Gifts

ZwPI8cfkLet Natural Personality Traits Enhance the Use of Spiritual Gifts
About 8 minutes, helps apply Romans 12:3-13

                                   

Participants (No need to memorize lines; the aim is to inform, not to perform)
   Zooblend
   Burlybull
   Playfulpup
   Keen-eyed Eagle
   Steadymule
   Prompter             Shouts a brief line and Echoes repeat it.
   Echoes                Children and all adults who want to take part. Echoes need no script.

Zooblend

My name is Zooblend.
I serve in our development project Operation Dorcas,
in a very poor neighborhood called Leave-If-You-Can.

Prompter & Echoes

A miserable place!

Zooblend

Unfortunately, our volunteer workers keep dropping out.
Let’s meet four new volunteers. Hello, sir.

Burlybull

Hello. I’m Burlybull. I can help you.
Volunteers drop out because of weak leadership.
I’ll correct this, Mr. Zooblend.
I’m tough; I’ll see a project through.

Playfulpup

My name is Playfulpup.
I’ll keep the work environment joyful.

Keen-eyed Eagle

My name is Keen-Eyed Eagle.
Workers stay on a project if they appreciate
its long-range benefits.
I’ll sharpen their vision and clarify objectives.

Steadymule

My name is Steadymule.
I am patient and reliable, Mr. Zooblend.
I’ll make Operation Dorcas efficient.
Some people exaggerate their needs
to get things they don’t deserve from mercy workers

Prompter & Echoes

They become dependent on others!

Steadymule

I’ll set up safeguards.
I’ll get detailed and keep accurate information.

Zooblend

Good! Volunteers stay on a job
if it fits their natural personality types.
There are four classic types.

Zooblend

Burlybull, you’re resolute, what some call choleric;
you see a project through, pushing barriers aside like a bull.

Prompter & Echoes

Moo!

Zooblend

Playfulpup, you’re sanguine.
It means you keep us smiling.

Prompter & Echoes

Woof! Woof!

Zooblend

Keen-eyed Eagle, you’re melancholic. That means you’re
contemplative and creative; you see afar like an eagle.

Prompter & Echoes

Chirp! Chirp!

Zooblend

Steadymule, your type has been called phlegmatic.
You plod along doing detailed tasks that bore others.

Prompter & Echoes

Hee haw!

Zooblend

Some of us blend two or more types.
A few like me, Zooblend, are a mix of all four.

Playfulpup

Are these personality traits the same as spiritual gifts?

Zooblend

No, Playfulpup, but they affect how we use God’s gifts.
Steadymule likes routine, and if gifted to exhort,
he’d do it quietly.
If you, Playfulpup are an exhorter; you’d do it publicly.
A teacher who’s an eagle would coach privately,
in a strategic way.

Burlybull

Operation Dorcas needs discipline that we bulls provide.
I’ll see tough jobs through, as Nehemiah did.

Prompter & Echoes

Moo!

Zooblend

Yes, Burlybull, but be careful not to abuse your authority
and be rude to people that struggle with their jobs.
Let the Holy Spirit restrain your brute force.
You’ll keep order and move the work along.

Prompter & Echoes

Onward!

Playfulpup

We playful pups keep everyone cheerful,
so they won’t drop out.
We get along with everyone.

Zooblend

Be careful, Playfulpup.
If the Holy Spirit doesn’t keep you focused,
people sway you too easily,
like Peter was swayed one sad night.

Playfulpup

True. I need others to jerk my leash to keep me on track
and not let me befriend people to manipulate them.

Zooblend

You’ll recruit workers and provide a party atmosphere.
To keep puppies on the job
we let them work closely with other people,
and know that they belong;
we recognize their good work often.

Prompter & Echoes

Woof!

Zooblend

Keen-eyed Eagle, being creative, you’ll define our vision,
inspire us and plan for the future as Jeremiah did.
But don’t fly too high in clouds,
or you’ll stray in your dream world.

Prompter & Echoes

Chirp!

Keen-eyed Eagle

True. Keep me focused on current realities and urgencies.
I get discouraged if people don’t take me seriously;
I turn my sight inward and fly the wrong way,
at times straight down!

Zooblend

You eagles rock the boat, sometimes roughly,
to keep us alert. You’ll plan, exhort and point the way.

Steadymule

As a steady mule, I’ll define procedures.

Zooblend

Yes, Steadymule. Please write down details.

Steadymule

We mules persevere, content to follow a routine.
Give us jobs that others find tedious;
just let me see a bit of progress.
We can be detailed Bible teachers as Ezra was.

Prompter & Echoes

Hee haw!

Zooblend

You mules sometimes can resist needed change
if God doesn’t jerk your reins.
We may have to prod you out of ruts.
You’ll do research for Operation Dorcas,
propose a budget and keep records.

Burlybull

As a bull, I’ll see that we all keep at our tasks.
Mr. Zooblend, you can harmonize all our different efforts.
You understand us, as you share all our traits.

Prompter & Echoes

A hybrid!

Burlybull

You see the big picture, Mr. Zooblend,
like David and Paul in the Bible.
But without God’s restraint, you work yourself to death,
running in four directions all at once, lacking patience.

Zooblend

I see that everyone is now agreed on their roles. Good!
Operation Dorcas will bring hope and salvation to many.

Prompter & Echoes

Amen!