[vimeo id="107518334"] I recently came across an article by Relevant Magazine in which the author shared about his experience in taking a personality test. I’m a big fan of these tests because they are great tools for discovering more about your divine design. In fact, all students at SEU take one of these tests during their freshman year – they love them. Now, the author was stoked with some of his results and upset about some of the others, but one thing was true about the whole experience: He wasn’t surprised by his results because, whether he liked it or not, he already knew them.
How many of us already know what we need to work on, already know our weaknesses and yet when they come up in any type of setting we deny them or, even worse, blame someone else for our shortcomings?
There are a few things the article highlighted that I want to share with you to make sure that you know what it means to utilize your strengths and weaknesses.
First, we’re all unique and divinely designed to serve purpose in the body of Christ. We’re all a part of one body and your part is designed as something that only you can do. Don’t be upset if it appears that someone else might have more power than you, more influence, more followers because the truth is that you have a call on your life that only you can fulfill. Other people are created differently – there are no copies. Therefore, the best thing you can do, is to be you!
Second, we all have strengths and weaknesses. Most everyone agrees that their strengths came from God, because they’re good things that produce fruit. However, people rarely say that their weaknesses are also from God. But they are, so what can you do with your weaknesses beside passing them off as things you “just can’t change?” You can ask for support from those who are strong in your weak areas. This is where you learn to utilize the giftings that others have for a greater purpose and achieve the mission and goal together as a team. Again we’re all one body, with many different functions – so do what you were designed to do.
Third, trust God. Too often we allow our weakness become greater than our strengths. Maybe we’re not great public speakers, and therefore think that God can never use us in ministry. When we think like this, what we’re really doing is over overlooking our strengths. Maybe we’re extremely effective in one-on-one counseling sessions, which is a huge part of ministry. We can’t overlook our strengths. The bottom line is that we need to start banking on our strengths and stop living in the shadow of our weaknesses.
So be empowered and always live in your strengths!
Thanks for checking out my blog today. I hope I’ve encouraged you in a new way to be who God created you to be. If you have some thoughts about strength-based living, feel free to write me a line or two below. Have a great day!