Lifestyle Tip: Play to Your Strength May 15, 2013
Have you ever done anything that you quickly discovered you were not gifted to do? I am not good with directions. In fact, I’m directionally challenged. If you want me to read a map while on a trip heading somewhere we’ve never been before, you and I better pull off the road before going further (though I have gotten better).
On the other hand, my brother, Brent, is gifted at finding anything anywhere. Throw him the keys and let him take the wheel. He’ll find an out-of-the-way place without a map. And once he’s been on the route he can return time and time again (especially if it’s great Mexican food, as we’ve discovered). My other two brothers, Patrick and Curt, are just about as good too. It comes naturally to them to find their way (there’s a metaphor here). My family looks at some of my abilities and they marvel (well, at least they say, “Wow!”).
We appreciate the gifts God has given to each of us. We celebrate them, encourage and affirm one another and expect each other to maximize on them.Curt, recently wrote me a card saying, “Remember that 99% of people give up on their goals and dreams not realizing that they were on the verge of attainment.” In his own handwriting, he went on to tell me to “never give up on the dream.”
Such words of encouragement make us continue to play to our strengths.
Plus, such differences ─ our strengths ─ have created a need for one another in our family. I believe we’re all designed to perform in a multi-talented group, all playing to the same music score but with different instruments. So if a member is “out of tune” for any number of reasons including not knowing his strengths and decides to do something he is not designed to do then the orchestra begins to sound off key.
In our families and our networks, maximizing on our gifts gives life to all around. If you haven’t asked yourself lately, “What am I designed to do?” now is a good time for a review. What falls to you naturally? Do you know the instrument you’re supposed to be playing? When the orchestra plays with you tuned in and playing your greatest gift, the music simply takes our breath away.