Maximizing Your Strengths
There’s an old saying that goes like this: “No one’s a ten at everything, but everyone’s a ten at something.” Do you know why that is? It’s because God created us that way!
God didn’t give certain people all the talents and gifts then give the rest of us nothing. No…he spread them through the entire population! Each of us have something valuable to offer…or more accurately, some things! You are good at more than one thing.
Here’s a life principle that will take you a long way: you need to do less of what you’re not good at, and more of what you’re really good at. Successful people find out what they’re good at. Then, they spend their time and energy doing it.
Psalm 139 tells us…
When I was put together…, you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.
– Psalm 139:16 (NCV)
You are not an accident! God determined your purpose before you were born! You were created with a plan in mind. Now…it’s time to discover it.
Are you ready to start learning what your purpose is? Here are three questions to ask yourself…
What drives me?
Have you ever noticed how some things really grab you, while others are meaningless? God did that! He gave you an innate passion for certain things.
For instance, some of you love working with your hands…others of you know better than to try. Some of you have a passion for cooking…others have a passion for eating good cooking. Some of you love to work with numbers…others of you think numbers ruin your life.
What passions did God pour into you? He put them there for you to enjoy, to share with others, and to glorify him.
What abilities do you have?
You may have a heart for certain things, but don’t have the ability to actually do them.
I love music. I listen to it all the time. But my abilities are limited. I spent years trying to develop musical abilities but eventually learned I’m like many contestants who try out for American Idol: I’m mediocre at best.
The Bible says…
In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.
– Romans 12:6 (NLT)
Today’s culture teaches that you can be “anything you want to be.” That’s never been true. God gives us the ability to excel at some things. He has also limited us in other things. Don’t let that discourage you. Switch your focus to the abilities you have. Spend your time, energy and money on developing those things.
What’s your personality type?
Pool season is almost here. Will you be the first one to cannonball into the water, or will you let other people wade in and then ask their opinion? Maybe you’re the kind of person that sticks a toe in and tries to guess the temperature.
Psychologists say there are sixteen unique personality types, and within those categories there are an infinite number of blends. God created each of us differently. Some of us are thinkers, while some are feelers. Some of us are extroverts…some are introverts. God did that on purpose! Despite these differences, he has a role for all of us.
When you choose to pay attention to how God uniquely created you, life will be more meaningful…and you will be even more successful. Fulfilment isn’t found in trying to be like someone else. It’s found in being everything God created you to be.