Did your high school yearbook include “senior superlatives”—silly distinctions like “most likely to succeed” or “most athletic?” One thing is certain, it feels good to have a gift that others recognize even when you are voted “most unique.”
Spending some energy identifying your strengths and gifts not only makes it easier to recognize opportunities to use them, it will also release you from envy. We were not designed by a forgiving, caring, and loving father to compare our attributes to others. However, there are circumstances where God may use others from the present or past to motivate ourselves. While I may strive to better myself by reading about David or Theodore Roosevelt I do not let that motivation turn to envy. He gifted us uniquely and exactly for the job He’s set for us.
So, let us examine ourselves to identify what our strengths and unique traits are:
- Drives: What motivates you? What drives you?
- Experiences: What experiences make you unique?
- Spirituality: How do you best connect with God? What are your spiritual gifts as identified in Romans 12: 6-8, 1 Corinthians 12: 8-10, and 1 Peter 4: 11? If you are unsure reflect on the mentioned scripture or take a spiritual gifts test.
- Impact: What arena do you feel most compelled to impact?
- Genius: What do you do that makes you happy?
- Nature: What is your personality? Extrovert, introvert, structured, spontaneous?