Play to your Strengths

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(Psalms 139:14) I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well.

God made you just like he wanted you to be. It’s so important to know who you were designed to be.

Be teachable. Listen to counsel. We are so hesitant to give counsel because people are so unreceptive, and the result is that people don’t know who they are.

Have you ever watched American Idol? There are a lot of people on that show that think they can sing but they can’t. I remember one guy years ago named William Hung. William was an engineering major at the University of California at Berkley. He said he loved music and he wanted to make music his life. There was just one problem. God didn’t give him that gift. He sang the Ricky Martin hit, “She Bangs.” Simon was terse: “You can’t sing, you can’t dance, so what do you want me to say?”

Strangely, William was so bad he was good. And so they made him this odd comedic star. William Hung was on Letterman and elsewhere. But does he have a future in music? No.

I did my Doctoral Dissertation on Leadership. We examined the most effective leaders both inside and outside the church. Our focus group was pastoral leadership but the principles apply across the board. Here’s what we concluded:

Five key elements. Maximizes strengths. Minimizes limitations. Develops character, influences, and casts vision.

The first two ideas changed my life. Great leaders maximize their strengths and minimize their limitations. The case studies we did revealed that virtually every successful leader spent 90 – 100% of his or her time working in the area of his or her strength. Suddenly it made sense to me. I’d always thought that if you have a weakness you should focus on that to help make it stronger. Do that and you spend your resources and time in the area where God didn’t make you strong. Instead, PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTH!

God gave you strengths. He designed you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Do you know what you are good at? Are you aware of your gifts? Listen to the people around you. They’re giving you clues. Ask God to open your eyes. Pay attention to the things that produce results.

Once you find out, play to your strengths.

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