I already entertained you with the story of "my fall" - ("I've Fallen - But I Will Get Up" dated Monday, September 20th - in case you want to go over there and get a chuckle or two - it's OK, I laugh at it now, too!)
The second speaker on Friday morning was Marcus Buckingham. Marcus has several books out (check him out on Amazon - I've got a gadget over there on the sidebar!). Marcus spent nearly two decades as a senior researcher at the Gallup Organization. He is THE consultant for people and companies who want to leverage their strengths.
He was an awesome speaker. He was witty, informative, and challenging...and a wonderful Christian man.
He started his "talk" with a very interesting question -
How do you understand God's will?
Then he posed a second, related question -
Which do you think will make your life better?
Building on your strengths or fixing your weaknesses?
Marcus proceeded to share with us (an arena of about 9,000 women) several polls responding to that second question.
In country after country, across the board, male and female, young and old - it seems that people thought their lives would be better if they could fix their weaknesses!
Then Marcus asked this - WHY aren't we playing to our strengths?!
He used this verse from Scripture to illustrate his point: "God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect." (Psalm 18:32)
Ponder this, he challenged...What's YOUR perfect way?
We are each born with strengths, desires, talents, and abilities that are UNIQUE!
It is God's WILL that we use our uniqueness, our strengths, to honor and serve Him.
Why don't we?
Marcus pointed out that we tend to take our strengths for granted. We also tend to fear our weaknesses more than we honor our strengths. And somehow, uniquely for the Christian, we somehow don't think it's RIGHT to "play to our strengths."
WHY do we believe that?
Scripture makes a different perspective clear in 1 Corinthians 12:
"A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other...It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have."
The problem comes when we think these strengths, these abilities, these talents and gifts, are of OUR OWN DOING.
That's when PRIDE rears its ugly head!
And we all know, PRIDE is the big “no-no” sin – it was the reason for Satan’s rebellion, it was the reason for humanity’s “FALL.”
But is it just possible that the “enemy” is perpetuating another subtle lie?
Does he not want to render us weak, defeated, discouraged…ineffective?
So, what does God’s Word have to say about it?
“As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 6:14)
“As the Scriptures say, ‘If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.”
(2 Corinthians 10:17)
AMEN to that…
So, what’s a proper way to look at our strengths, abilities, talents, and gifts?
1) They are gifts from God
2) They should be developed and used, not hidden
3) They should be surrendered to the Lord, to be used for His purposes
4) We must have the attitude of servants
5) We should not be proud – but neither should we deny the power of the
Holy Spirit to work THROUGH us
6) Satan is actively working to keep our spiritual strengths ineffective
7) God wants us to take ourselves seriously and to play to the strengths
HE has given us
God made YOU uniquely YOU…and He has a purpose, and a mission, just for YOU!
Be strong in His power – “…for the joy of the LORD is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10)
Do you play to your weaknesses or strengths?
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