I’ve been on a Brigg-Myers Personality test kick this week. This website here is my favorite version of the test. I’m an INFJ, which means I need harmony, my feelings are too easily hurt, and I make decisions without dithering. There was no mention of an INFJ’s ability to handle details.

Because details are dumb and I don’t understand why everyone is so insistent on them all the time.

Now Eric, on the other hand, received a personality report which included the words “meticulous to the point of perfectionism.” Truth.

So one of us is meticulous and the other one is Jessie. I get by thanks to scribbled lists left next to the coffee pot, and now my kids are old enough to keep track of me, too.

One of the things I can never remember is the references to specific Bible passages. I love the Bible, and I don’t say that in a Bible-banging nutty evangelical kind of way. I value its life and wisdom and story– and truth– above all else.


The fact that the very words of God are recorded in a book and that I am called to be a writer, inspired by that book, flattens me in awe. It literally takes my breath away that I get to be part of God’s amazing story.

But please don’t ask me to actually store references in my brain.

That’s why some smart person invented a concordance. It was probably some ancient version of Eric who was married to an ancient version of me. His love for his dingbat wife probably drove him to sit down and meticulously arrange the topics and words in alphabetical order so she could get on with her life.

My favorite Bible doesn’t have its own concordance. I have to rely heavily on biblegateway.com, and I’m on that site about five times a week. They’ve got all the key words, and the passages, and the translations! You need a verse translated into Polish? Bible Gateway. You need to find all the references to leeks in the ESV? (True story.) Bible Gateway.

You might notice the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid widget on the right side of the website. I’m happy to be part of their blogger grid, and if you’re also a Bible-based blogger, I can send you the email with the specifics on how to join.

So, all you non-detail oriented people, what kind of concordance do you use? And what other tricks do you use to get through life?

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8 Comments on Details, Schmetails.

  1. David
    December 4, 2015 at 10:51 am (2 years ago)

    Same. I use Bible Gateway, but also my Olive Tree Bible app. Just tried that test and came out as ISFJ-A Defender whatever that means.

  2. Jessie Clemence
    December 4, 2015 at 11:24 am (2 years ago)

    That’s exactly what Eric is! Make Marilyn take the test so we know what she is, too. 🙂

  3. David
    December 4, 2015 at 4:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Marilyn came out as ISFP-T Adventurer.

  4. Jessie Clemence
    December 4, 2015 at 5:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh, fun. I’ll read up on her. 😛

  5. David
    December 4, 2015 at 5:14 pm (2 years ago)

    And I gave in. I went on Amazon and ordered the Micha Boyett book.

  6. Jessie Clemence
    December 4, 2015 at 10:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I hope you love it! I also ordered it from Amazon this week.

  7. Kristen E
    December 7, 2015 at 7:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Hmmmmm. ISFJ-T. I have to read more about it now.

  8. Jessie Clemence
    December 7, 2015 at 9:15 pm (2 years ago)

    And make Mr. E take it too! You can sit around and analyze each other. 🙂