About two years ago I read the book StrengthsFinder and took the online test to discover my personal strengths. At the time I took the test I found that I was mostly working out of my weaknesses and saw my “strengths” as bad things in my life. It’s taken awhile to really pray about it and find how to use those strengths both in ministry and day to day living and I can now say that its been such a change in my life! I feel a new freedom and confidence that wasn’t there before.
My top five strengths based on the test are:
Input- People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
Empathy- People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.
Developer- People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.
Responsibility- People who are especially 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.
Belief- People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.
This has been really challenging in some ways but in discovering more of who I am and who God’s created me to be I’ve had the freedom to live that out authentically and also try to help others in finding their strengths and more importantly working out of their strengths!
Aww, its so FREEing!!