“American churches are experiencing a power shortage, declare the authors of Living Your Strengths. “People aren’t harnessing the power of their innate gifts.”‘
I love planning events! I can’t plan them in the usual way that I’ve known so naturally, I have felt stuck. I’m preaching to the choir, I know, but this is why I decided to look at ways I can channel my creativity. One way was focusing on my strengths.
There are many assessments that you can take online to learn more about yourself. When you purchase the Gallup StrengthsFinder Catholic edition book (link found below) you are given a unique code for an online assessment. After answering all the questions, you learn about your 5 top strengths. What I enjoyed about this edition was that it highlighted people in the Bible who were not confident that they could do what God asked of them. That’s what I am feeling! There is additional commentary from parishioners who discovered their strengths and applied them in their church community which was very uplifting to read as well.
My 5 top strengths:
Discovering my strengths doesn’t mean that now I have all the answers but I have the ability to find motivation because of my strengths. Some days are definitely easier than others. Don’t feel discouraged! He puts us in situations that challenge us for the better, personally and professionally.
My reflection last time included a question from a deck of cards that I have. This week’s question is:
“What does happiness mean to me?”