Sometime ago for work I did the Gallup Strengthsfinder test, this resulted in me discovering that my talents are:
Today, while trying to write my strategic plan (aka Big Ideas) for 2015 for the ministries I oversee, I went back to the book and read quite a bit of it. This part about Adaptability really rang true to me:
“What occasionally looks like procrastination might actually be your high levels of Adaptability talent.”
Suddenly, my brain went click…my God given talent is to be adaptable, to live in the moment and be fully immersed in the here and now. It explains why people say I’m virtually unflappable and go with the flow no matter what is thrown at me. I deal better with what’s happening now than what happened yesterday or worrying about what’s going to happen at some point in the future.
Going through the rest of the talents, I realised afresh, that God equips me at every moment to deal with the situation I am currently in. I needn’t worry about the future, he has already gone before me. No wonder, I am so at peace when I read Deuteronomy 3:8 which says “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
While Adaptability is a God-given talent and strength and it explains why I so struggle with writing a strategic document, thankfully God has also sort-of balanced this out with the talents of strategic and arranger. I like to be organised and it frustrates me when I’m not. Today (the here and now), I have learnt the need to enhance the later two talents with the right skills and knowledge to turn those talents into strengths. I think I just found what I need to put in my professional development plan.