As a child who moved between fourth and fifth grades, I did not quite fit in with our new culture, moving from one distinct region of the country to another. I became shy and an introvert, finding much solace in books and science fiction TV series and movies (can you say Star Trek?). Now, I'm a pastor and, required to take psychological and career counseling prior to ordination to ensure I was fit, I discovered I am actually pure extrovert. I draw my energy from being engaged with others in groups of any size and I revel in this life.
I still am a big fan of books of many sorts. C.S. Lewis has a couple of wonderful quotes related to this topic. The first is dead on: “The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” Over the years, God has worked hard with me. The arc of my career path from archaeology to author and editor to pastor shows this to be true. Every step along the road was necessary to who I am now, how I view my theology, how I relate my beliefs to others.
The second quote deals with how we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves (our neighbors being everyone). Lewis states, “Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did.As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him.”
For a post on God's love for us all, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2013/07/good-news-from-christianity-powerful.html