Truthfully I could develop a whole blog dedicated to the topic of strengths. In fact, numerous books have been written on that very topic. With that said, I am going to attempt to write a concise post on how we distinguish ourselves with our strengths.

First, let’s level set and make sure we are all on the same page. When I refer to strengths in this post, I am referring to ALL the things that make you you. I am referring to your talents, your gifts, your training, your education, your experience, your physical traits, your genetic makeup, your family history, and yes, even your weaknesses. Like I said, ALL things that are unequivocally you. Why? Because our gift to the world is the manifestation of all those characteristics combined. Your calling and your purpose resides right in the package that is sitting there reading this post.

Jesus chose twelve disciples to travel with him during His ministry. These men would eventually go on to start the early church and to leave a legacy for generations to come. But note, Jesus did not choose 12 ministers or priests. He didn’t just choose scholars or the most successful. He didn’t choose perfect people. He chose men as they were, where they were. For example, He chose fishermen and made them fishers of men. Some of His choices would later betray Him, deny Him, and doubt Him. Why did Jesus choose such a diverse, imperfect bunch? Because He wanted to show just how God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. These men were walking, talking billboards of God’s grace and mercy.

In the last few posts, I have talked about how we distinguish ourselves by living out our faith through our actions and by living a life of integrity. We also distinguish ourselves by simply being ourselves and sharing all our unique attributes and strengths. Are you naturally skilled at writing or speaking? God wants to use you. What did you go to school for and what are you trained in? God wants to put those skills to work to advance His kingdom. What is your biggest shortcoming? God wants to manifest His glory through your weakness. You are a one of a kind creation. God is not in the business of cloning. He knew exactly what He was doing when He created you and He did it with a purpose and a plan.

  • Julie
    Posted at 08:44h, 14 March Reply

    I have to remember that God has given me everything I need to do my work for Him. When I feel small and weak, it’s only because I’m not plugged into Him!

  • Beth Bingaman
    Posted at 09:04h, 14 March Reply

    I thank God for leaving us such a clear Word about who He used so that we can know He will use us – if our view of Him is that He is able to do what we cannot. It is amazing to me that the Most High God would dwell in us to direct us. Thanks for this encouragement!

    • SAF
      Posted at 20:59h, 17 March Reply

      Thank you for your comment!

  • Jessica Brodie
    Posted at 09:31h, 14 March Reply

    You are so right—God truly does want to use every single one of us! We all have unique gifts, and I hope we all can use them to glorify Him and love others, not hide them all to ourselves.

    • SAF
      Posted at 20:58h, 17 March Reply

      That is my hope as well. Thank you for your comment.

  • Melissa Henderson
    Posted at 10:00h, 14 March Reply

    God gives us all unique gifts that we can use to share His love and glorify Him. I am thankful God gives me the desire to write. 🙂

    • SAF
      Posted at 20:57h, 17 March Reply

      Amen! Thank you for your comment.

  • Jeanne Takenaka
    Posted at 13:31h, 14 March Reply

    I appreciate how you defined strengths here. And, when I think about how God uses them? I’m a lot humbled.

    This was probably my favorite reminder…each of us is unique and we live out our callings in the strengths God has crafted us with.

    “Because our gift to the world is the manifestation of all those characteristics combined. Your calling and your purpose resides right in the package that is sitting there reading this post.”

    Thanks for the reminder!

    • SAF
      Posted at 20:56h, 17 March Reply

      Thank you for your comment!

  • Nancy E. Head
    Posted at 07:58h, 16 March Reply

    I love the view in educational circles that encourages students to focus on developing strengths and puts less emphasis on overcoming weaknesses. We’ve had that backward for too long. Great post. God bless!

    • SAF
      Posted at 20:55h, 17 March Reply

      Thank you for your comment.

  • Ava
    Posted at 11:38h, 16 March Reply

    Such encouraging words. I think we all struggle with procrastinating because we doubt whether our voice matters.

    • SAF
      Posted at 20:55h, 17 March Reply

      Agree. Thanks for your comment.

  • Melissa McLaughlin
    Posted at 11:44h, 16 March Reply

    Wonderful message! Yes, God wastes nothing. Every little blessing, opportunity, gift, talent and yes, even weakness, He uses for His glory, as we yield more and more of ourselves to His guiding hand. May we rest in His perfection and His perfect plan. Blessings!

    • SAF
      Posted at 20:54h, 17 March Reply

      I like your comment about yielding ourselves to His guiding hand. It is all about surrender. Thanks for your comment.

  • Yvonne Morgan
    Posted at 12:16h, 16 March Reply

    We are all precious in His sight. He loves us all and that is truly wonderful and amazing.

    • SAF
      Posted at 20:52h, 17 March Reply

      So true. Thanks for your comment.

  • Candice Brown
    Posted at 14:24h, 17 March Reply

    I sometimes feel as if I am squandering my strengths, the gifts that God has given me. Your blog has given me something to pray about; thanks!

  • Debbie
    Posted at 16:19h, 18 March Reply

    I love this post very much! I love that Jesus developed/empowered people He had given the skills to, yet they never saw it in themselves. Isn’t this most of us? Oh, Lord, shine your light!

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