I’m not procrastinating … I’m just me

Sometime ago for work I did the Gallup Strengthsfinder test, this resulted in me discovering that my talents are:

  1. Adaptability
  2. Belief
  3. Connectedness
  4. Strategic
  5. Arranger

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.

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Life in Colour!

Life needs to be lived in colour, life is for living, enjoyment and celebration…Life is such an incredible gift.  I love to celebrate the life I have, I am made to love and be loved.  I need to enjoy my life, my family, my friends and the many blessings in my life.  I do not believe in wearing black, I do not believe in dwelling on life’s challenges, I guess you could say that on the whole I live life with a positive outlook.  I love living life!

Recently, I was out shopping with mr 10, we were really out shopping for him….he was the priority that day, not me  🙂 I stopped to admire some shoes, these shoes to be exact

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Aren’t they cheerful?  My son without prompting said, “mum, those shoes are colourful, just like you, you should buy them”  It was one of those moments that warmed the cockles of my heart, a precious word from a precious Son.  I think he must have noticed that I don’t do black, I do colour!

I am sure that doing colour has a positive impact on my life, there is something really quite cheerful about wearing colour.  It might help that I am a cool tone person, and therefore can enjoy wearing strong vibrant jewel tones. I have something else in my life too that makes me into the positive happy person that I am today…I have Christ Jesus. He is my Lord and Saviour.  I am constantly blown away as I am reminded that God sent his one and only Son to live on this earth, die on a Cross (like a criminal) and be raised to Life and through accepting him into my life and acknowledging my sin, I have Eternal Life.

Life is for living, I don’t just live life, I celebrate my life….a life of promise and hope in the Eternal God.

You too can have Eternal Life, by confessing you are a sinner and inviting Jesus into your life.

Oh and in case you are wondering, I resisted the urge to splurge and haven’t bought those shoes…I might one day, but due to other expenses, I haven’t even dared to try them on.