Since we discussed the passionate Reds last post, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss the other end of the spectrum and delve into our Lavender readers.
So, chances are, you took your test, discovered you were a Lavender, discussed it with your friends (slowly of course) thought about it, and now want to know a bit more about what being a Lavender really means. Looking through Scripture, you would be hard pressed to find a lot of Lavender since they like to stay relatively to themselves and support others. When preparing for this post, I though over several possible, stand-out Lavenders. Examples would be Uriah (devoutly loyal to David, thorough, blinded by respect for his commander and chief), Zacchaeus (known to be the one who “watched” Jesus from the tree), or even Abraham (if I need to tell you about him, let’s talk). With all of the leading characters up for the part, I came back to one who notably stood out among the rest. Who is it?
There are so many of Ruth’s qualities leading one to believe or speculate Ruth was Lavender. One phrase summed up the reasons why Ruth was an apparent Lavender to me… “Wherever thou go, I will go.”
(Ruth 1:16-17) If you were to describe or bottom-line the description of anyone who is Lavender, you could use this statement from Ruth. Lavenders are extremely loyal and remember, they are Slow Pace and PEOPLE Focus. They are the toned down version of your Yellows, however a bit more thought out. Lavenders like to blend in with their surroundings and feel perfectly content functioning in a support role. What are some examples from Ruth’s life outside of the passage from Ruth 1:16-17?
We do not have to journey too far in the book of Ruth to discover a traditional Lavender key signature. If you look at Ruth 2, it opens with the meeting of Boaz and Ruth. I want to point out that Ruth, being a Lavender, was out tending the fields to support her mother-in-law Naomi and to gain the attention of Boaz. She was obedient and loving and these two traits brought favor to her from Boaz. He continues to go out of his way to provide for Ruth and to protect her. The one aspect about Lavenders that I personally love is their ability to not only blend in with their surroundings, but also to gain the love and affirmation from the more dominant people in their life. Just as Ruth gained favor through her dedication to those she loved, Lavenders are able to naturally put others at ease and tend to focus on the relationship aspect of situations rather than the tasks.
Again, if you were to turn to Chapter 3 of Ruth, you will find it opening with Naomi telling Ruth how to win Boaz over. Notice Ruth’s Lavender response in Verse 5, “I will do whatever you say.” This is an important lesson to all of us who interact with the Lavenders of life, Earn Trust and they will support you to the end. Now this is most likely sometimes a fault of the poor Lavender individual since most would take advantage of this trust and have the Lavender do anything their hearts desire. This trait is not to be taken advantage of, rather, it is to be admired and protected. If you continue in Ruth, you will find our Lavender Ruth being rewarded with the affection and protection of Boaz because of her dedication and submission to him. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from all of the personality types, however, the Lavenders seem to have it in a nutshell. Take your time, focus on people. If we had more Lavenders in the world, granted not a lot would get done, but there would not be as many people needing love and respect… that is the growth zone for any Lavender.
So from a noted Red, I thank all of the Lavenders in my life for giving me something to aim to. We need more Ruth’s in the world. Less selfish, more giving and loving. Thank you Lavenders for all you do!
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About the Writer:
Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant.