Strengths Finder is a resource that many churches and organizations have been using the past few years. I highly recommend it. It is a great tool to use with a spiritual gift assessment for anyone who is wondering what God gifted them to do in career and ministry volunteer service. This is a book that I often use with leaders to help them see if they are working out of their top strengths.
It saddens me when I meet someone who is 40 and really has no clue what their gifts and talents are. At the same time it encourages me when I can help someone determine what God created them to do.
If you don’t know your strengths then you may easily feel frustrated or annoyed at people or churches who don’t welcome your input on areas that are not your strengths. If you have found yourself in that situation consider asking if you are blinded as to why your efforts are meeting resistance. Maybe you have felt that your help was not valued or that a person or organization did not appreciate you. Have you ever been quick to judge an organization for this and assumed it was a control issue? It is a given that the majority of organizations and churches desire to grow. Be careful what you assume. I often tell my children that that assuming is the opposite of thinking. Think it through. Are you attempting to get a job or volunteer in an area not in line with your gifting?
My challenge today is to know yourself. Until you are confident of your strengths and gifts you will never know the joy and rewards of living out your design. When you know your strengths you will love what you do.