Saturday, May 31, 2008

D-E-S-I-G-N: Who Am I? Part 2

Last time we looked at the first 10 areas that make all of us unique. Here are some additional areas.
11. Our Natural Gifts
Am I an artistic, athletic, academic?
12. Our Spiritual Gifts:
Romans 12:6-8 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. [7] If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; [8] if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
13. Our education
14. Our experiences
This is our LifeMap. It is important to remember that God has been with us and leading all the time.
Deut. 8:2-3 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. [3] He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
15. Our spiritual pathway
There are many different ways to draw near to God. Some are intellectual, relational, worship, nature, contemplative, serving, and activist. (See Gary Thomas, Sacred Pathways)
Spiritual Pathways
16.     Our style of leadership
There are many different styles of leadership: Visionary, entrepreneurial, strategic, motivational, shepherding, role model and managerial
Finding Your Leadership Style
17.     Our style of ministry
Someone has suggested that there are different styles of ministry based on the offices of Christ.
a.    Prophetic disruptions
b.    Kingly leadership
c.    Priestly connection
18.    Our passion for ministry
19.    Our genius, highest and best use or our core competencies
20.    Our weaknesses
I believe that when we take the time to see how fearfully and wonderfully we are made, we come alive. We experience a peace and joy that is so fulfilling. Our hearts are at rest and we fulfill the purposes of God for our lives in our generation. How well do you know who you are and who you aren't? Take some time to discover.

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