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Learning to Live Your Strengths

posted Oct 15, 2009, 8:54 AM by Unknown user

Which do you pay more attention to, your strengths or your weaknesses? 

Many of us tend to focus on our weaknesses.  Maybe that’s because we were raised with a kind of disapproval for “egotism.”  Or it could be a defense mechanism – no one can catch me off guard with a criticism that I haven’t already made of myself!  Sometimes we just grow up hearing more disapproval than praise, and end up internalizing that conversation into our own hearts.  Whatever the reason, it’s not a very joyful way to live, which is one reason why StrengthsFinders is such a breath of fresh air! 

StrengthsFinders is an online inventory you can take that helps you to see what kind of things you are naturally inclined to be good at.  The supporting material that goes along with it encourages you to develop those strengths, rather than focusing on your weaknesses.  As I’ve worked to approach my life that way, I’ve found that it’s made me both more productive and more joyful. 

I would love to help others discover their strengths, and explore how focusing on them can bring blessings both to you and to those around you.  I’m looking for six to eight people to join me in a short-term pilot project in November.  We’ll gather Sunday morning the 8th between services to take the inventory in Gethsemane’s computer lab, and then meet for two Wednesday evenings for conversation.  Our Wednesdays will be the 11th and 18th of November from 6:30 to 8:00PM.  There will be a $15 fee for materials. 

If this is something you’d like to explore, please fill out the registration form below.  I’m eager to join you on the journey! 

Pastor Tim