Dec. 22, 2016

Welcome to my world - The End

Today I will finish up my strengths assessment by sharing my fifth and final strength: Belief. People with the strength of belief have a certain set of core values that are deep and precious to them. Our belief provides our purpose for life. While we may change, the core of our being remains faithful to our belief. 

“It’s very likely that you have faith in your convictions about life. You contend they are well-founded and enduring. You value your freedom and independence. This explains why you detest being ordered around by someone. You want to be the person in charge. By nature, you regularly dedicate your energy and personal time to various issues, causes, or projects. You harbor a deep-seated desire to have a good influence on the planet and its people. Your goal is simple: “I want to leave the world in a lot better shape than I found it.” Driven by your talents, you employ your passion for reading to collect lots of good ideas for resolving issues, fixing mistakes, or overcoming obstacles. The act of reading allows you to generate options for dealing with all sorts of predicaments — that is, difficult, perplexing, or trying situations. Instinctively, you describe events in your life that reflect your personal values. This is one way you help people understand the principles you are determined to champion and the ideas you are determined to reject. Chances are good that you realize the wealth you accumulate means little to you when you are not surrounded by a delightful and diverse mix of people. You relish differences and would be ill at ease — that is, feel anxious — if forced to remain only in the company of people who are very much like yourself.”  

As we come to the end of this blog series, I want to be totally transparent with you. Due to my connectedness, I refuse to believe God does not love all people equally. My strategic tendencies match my calling of “prophet,” because God empowers me to speak His truth with boldness and to move people forward. Because of my includer style, I will steer clear of people, preachers, or politicians that mistreat people or demean people groups. My insight bubbles within me and I must share what I know and what I have experienced or learned. Input allows me to give testimony of what God teaches me and what He does for me every day.  And, finally, my belief is unchanging. I grow spiritually but I do not shut Jehovah, my God, out of the equation regardless of how charismatic or convincing someone tries to be. I will not accept social injustice – ever. I will not make excuses for people who stand up in order to get more money while trampling on the lives of others. I believe your inner core, as is mine, is well-defined at birth and it is up to you to determine how to best use your strengths to make the world a better place. 

The experience of this particular strengths assessment has been affirming, powerful and comforting. However, it is not voo-doo or secular psychology that convinces me of who I am in Christ. My faith defines me. My belief steers me. While I’ve shared the results of this psychological tool with you, here is what the Bible says about it: 

1 Corinthians 12:4-7, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”