People exceptionally talented in the Input® theme have a craving to know more. Often they
like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
Of all the people in the Bible, I couldn't find a better example of Input than Solomon. Even his collections had collections! He collected gold, spices, horses, shields, goblets, silverware, apes, baboons, wise sayings, wives...and the list goes on and on!
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Responsibility- People exceptionally talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.
When I think of a Biblical hero who has high Responsibility, I have to think of Joseph first. He is first mentioned in Matthew 1:18-25 where he is referred to as a righteous man.
When God the Father intended to prepare His Son for earthly ministry, he gave that responsibility to a Godly man who was honest, loyal and responsive to the call of God on his life. This man was Joseph!
As a profession, Joseph was a humble carpenter. He most likely built homes, manufactured household furniture and constructed farming tools. He was most likely 25 years of age, if he followed the hard-working class of his Jewish colleagues of the day. He was a righteous man living in a corrupt culture.
Marriages in those days were usually negotiated and agreed upon by the parents. A legal contract was likely worked out between Mary and Joseph's parents and once the contract was signed, the couple was officially betrothed to one another.
Of course, on him hearing of Mary being pregnant made him worried about what would become of her. The baby was not his. He knew this. And because of his love for Mary, he decided to divorce her in a quiet way- as to not bring shame on Mary. He wanted to act with fairness and love.
But an Angel of the Lord came to Joseph and confirmed Mary's story and convinced Joseph that Mary had not been unfaithful. Joseph was a moral and Godly man and he demonstrated his responsibility when, despite personal embarrassment, he believed God and married the pregnant girl who was not carrying his baby.
In saying, "Yes" to God, he would have to protect Mary and Jesus in the birthing process, and from Herod's wrath. He took his family to Egypt where God provided for his family. Again an Angel appears to Joseph when it was time to leave Egypt and go to Israel.
The Gospels do not talk about Joseph much after Jesus was 12 years old. But we do find Joseph to be a good husband and a father, caregiver, honest, obedient, faithful, wise and responsible.
The next time you look at the Nativity scene and see Joseph standing in the background, think of the Responsibility, courage and ruggedness of this man.