Dec. 21, 2016

Welcome to my world - Part 4

Day 4 of 5: Don’t worry. Today is the next to the last day traveling inside my brain. It’s been very healing for me. I hope it’s been insightful for you and has encouraged you to search and accept who God created you to be in this world. 

Input. That’s my next strength. To bottom line it: I like to tell my opinion. Yea, I know – you are shocked.

People with the strength of “Input” crave to know more. We enjoy learning, compiling, researching, and have a wide variety of information stored away both is our brains and in our library.

My recent strengths assessment provided the following insight into my make up in regards to “Input.” 

“It’s very likely that you yearn to know a lot. It makes little sense to you to skim through a book and read only the highlights. You delve more deeply into intriguing subjects than most people do. You love to gather all kinds of information. This explains why you take time to grasp ideas that appear in print. Instinctively, you really like to read about past events and the key people involved. By accumulating lots of knowledge regarding days gone by, you regularly anticipate the opportunities and pitfalls you are apt to face in the coming months, years, or decades. Because of your strengths, you tend to be earnest, businesslike, and dignified in what you say and do. Understandably, the books and publications you read are apt to reflect your no-nonsense approach to life. You aim to accumulate knowledge whenever you peruse — that is, studiously examine — the printed word. Chances are good that you usually equate education — formal and informal — with understanding more about something today than you understood about it yesterday. By nature, you enjoy being well-read. Not surprisingly, you can introduce more questions, suggestions, solutions, or innovative ideas into group conversations than most participants can.” 

Again, am I bragging? No. I am learning more about myself and accepting my strengths. Most secular psychology deals with what is wrong with us. This particular assessment deals with what we do right. Where are we at our best? For me, it’s in an arena of loving, learning and sharing. 

Of course, I constantly have to balance the desire to tell what I know versus the other person’s interest in hearing what I know. I am willing to admit that it is a constant struggle for me. I realize God has gifted me with the ability to learn and the capacity to explore. While I am not a physical explorer, I am a spiritual and emotional explorer. In many ways, especially in my lifelong Southern Baptist denomination, I am a pioneer. I encourage others to look at things from God’s view knowing sometimes Truth conflicts with tradition. Jesus faced scrutiny His entire life. His desire to expand the minds and spirits of others is what killed Him. Religious people do not like to hear that they or their traditions are wrong. 

Proverbs 1:22-24, ““Simpletons! How long will you wallow in ignorance? Cynics! How long will you feed your cynicism? Idiots! How long will you refuse to learn? About face! I can revise your life. Look, I’m ready to pour out my spirit on you; I’m ready to tell you all I know. As it is, I’ve called, but you’ve turned a deaf ear; I’ve reached out to you, but you’ve ignored me.”