Now that we know what our strengths are, the next question is, "What do we do with them?"
Skill: "A strength expressed in a specific way that builds up others and benefits the kingdom."
In this chapter, the author makes a FANTASTIC biblical reference from Exodus. This verse is describing a craftsman who was chosen to work on the tabernacle. God says, "I have chosen Bezalel, the son of Uri. Uri is the son of Hur. Bezalel is from the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God. I have filled Bezalel with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge, and with all kinds of skill. He can make beautiful patterns in gold, silver, and bronze. He can cut and set stones. He can work with wood. In fact, he can work in all kinds of crafts." Exodus 31:2-5
This verse reminds me of a conversation I had with someone I care about very much just this week. He is an artist. A great one at that. He was finding himself getting discouraged because he was trying to fill out an application for his dream job as an art teacher at a Christian school and he couldn't find the right words to describe why he wanted to work there and be a teacher. So, I sat down with him and we talked about it for a little while and I typed as I listened to him explain his passion for the very skills that God had filled him with. I was able to type up exactly what he wanted to express and it made him feel inadequate. What I said to him next is something that I want ALL of you to hear. "Don't base your self-worth on other people's skills." Those little things that you do that SEEM so simple to you...aren't simple for everyone. I can barely draw a good stick figure and he was convincing himself that he wasn't worthy of a job as an art teacher just because he couldn't find the right words to put on an application? Can you imagine if the craftsman that God had chosen to work on the tabernacle had let something like not being eloquent with words keep him from fulfilling his purpose? God blessed you with your individual skills for a reason. Sometimes it's to fulfill your divine calling and sometimes it's to help someone else to fulfill theirs. We are ALL so beautifully unique!
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein
Ok. Now, what are YOUR strengths?
- *Add your own
- Identify AT LEAST 3 of your top skills. What are you doing when people compliment you and you can't quite understand why they think it's a big deal?
- Connect your strengths with your skills. The author uses what she calls "skills circles". She says, "Put one of your strengths in the middle of a big circle then smaller circles around the edge represent the skills related to that strength. The size of each circle is related to how much you express that strength through the skill."