This is my second attempt at recapping Chapter 2. My first attempt read too much like a middle school book report. Okay, maybe elementary. So I’m going to share my personal highlights and takeaways from the chapter.
- God planted the “Who am I really?” question in our hearts to help us understand who he created us to be. If we don’t know who he created us to be, then we can’t fulfill the purpose he has for our lives.
- Knowing who I really am is necessary to love God, others, and myself more.
- A strength is a personal characteristic that can be use on behalf of God in service to others.
- The three strengths I identified – trustworthy, cheerful, supportive
- God is the source of my strengths, I am not (Philipians 4:13)
- When I come up short, I need to focus on who I am in Christ
- My divinely created strengths are supported by my weaknesses, because if I was good at everything (which I’m not by the way), I wouldn’t focus on much of anything (which is difficult enough already with ADHD, thank you very much)
- My assets (strengths) can easily become defects if I don’t keep my motives and their intensity in check
- A skill is a strength expressed in a specific way that builds up others and benefits the kingdom – NOT the definition I would have given before reading this chapter
- Mad props to Holley for referencing Napoleon Dynamite and making me giggle
- The three skills I identified – relating, encouraging, guiding
- Strengths stay consistent throughout life but the skills that express them can vary depending on the season of life I’m in
- God wants my heart more than my skills – Thank you, Jesus. Because some days I feel like a complete failure for not getting enough accomplished. Or for not being cheerful or supportive enough.
My “Who” and Who I’m Called to Serve
These were my favorite sections of the chapter. It took me several years to identify my social circles, and My “Who” served as a nice refresher. This came at the perfect time, since I am returning to work after an extended maternity leave. I don’t have the opportunity to regularly interact with adults (other than my husband), so remembering that I can’t truly share who I am with everyone there was a timely reminder. Who I’m Called to Serve was an encouragement to keep striving to work on my dream of serving in ministry full time.
your strengths + your skills + who you’re called to serve
you making a difference in the world in your own amazing way
God’s Heart for Who I Really Am
This section made me cry. Every time I read it. Growing up, I struggled with being mixed. I believed that I wasn’t Latina enough because I don’t fluently speak Spanish. I believed that I wasn’t Black enough, because, well, I don’t look Black. (I don’t use African American because my family is Caribbean and it just doesn’t fit) I knew that I could pass for being White but didn’t want to. I wanted to be accepted for the unique person that I am. I wanted to feel like I belonged. God healed this particular heartbreak, but reading these words let me see how God has used the break to shine through me.
We are much more than pretty…we are wonderfully made.
We are much more than likeable…we are deeply loved.
We are much more than okay…we are daughters of the King.
I think the enemy tricks us into believing we are not enough because he knows if we discover the truth, we’ll be unstoppable.
Tears. Tears of joy. Tears of relief. Tears of regret over wasted strengths and skills due to fear. Tears of grace. But then I wiped away my tears with a renewed sense of determination as I read these closing words:
Girls, let’s stop shaking in our boots and instead start standing tall for him together.
Let’s use our strengths, skills, and relationships to make a difference.
Let’s be who we are, really.
I can’t do it alone – are you with me?
YES, I am! How about you?