Monday, September 24, 2012

I'm Tooting My Own Horn, and I'm Proud Of It!

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” 
-  Malcolm S. Forbes

After my post about figuring out who we are, I've heard from a few of you that coming up with your list of strengths is difficult. As women, we can be really hard on ourselves, so I wasn't surprised. But it made me sad.

I want us to be able to see the strengths that God has given us!

So I decided to list mine in an attempt to inspire you to list yours.

Your strength list will not match mine. That's a good thing. But we might have a few strengths in common.

Please keep something in mind as you read my list - some of my greatest strengths are also my most dangerous weaknesses.

Certain strengths are like a brand-new super weapon. In the right hands it's a great thing, but if it gets captured by the enemy, we will all be crawling into bomb shelters. So don't be surprised if some of the items from my strengths list also show up on my weakness list next time.

Without further ado, here's my list:

  • I'm nurturing. 
  • I'm hospitable.
  • I'm comfortable speaking in public. 
  • When there's a job to be done, I am all focus. 
  • I think through an issue very quickly. 
  • I can make hard decisions in minutes. 
  • I can be a servant. 
  • I know what I'm good at.
I have to confess that I took an informal poll of a few people who love me. My little sister gave me the first two.

What do I want you to do with my list? 

I want you to be inspired. I want you to feel free to sing your own praises. I want you to ask those who love you for their input. If you are having a hard time finding your strengths, let them help.

Then make your own list. 

It's okay to know what your strengths are. It doesn't make you prideful, or haughty. You aren't claiming that you gave the strength to yourself. That would be prideful. You are just acknowledging the fact that these strengths exist in you and are part of who you are. Nothing wrong with that.

So go ahead. List your strengths. Make it as long as you can come up with. Know that you are awesome.

I would love to hear your list. Why not put your list right here in my comment box? Let's rejoice together in who we have been made to be.


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