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Why are You Here?
Have you ever laid awake at night and asked yourself “Why am I here?” or “What am I supposed to be doing with my life?”
Have you ever thought about how much you have to offer?
Everyone has different strengths and value to add based on their background and experiences. It is what makes you, “you.”
Sometimes it helps to put the pen to the paper and get organized. By organizing your skills, experiences and knowledge, you can have a better understanding about what you have to offer your work, church and other volunteer roles.
I haven’t always been a stay at home mom. I used to work full time in nursing homes as the Speech Language Pathologist in the therapy group. Going through graduate school and working as a speech therapist are skills and experiences not everyone has. They are things that I have lived through that are different from the average Joe.
Dealing with Gestational Diabetes in pregnancy and learning how to control it through diet is something that I feel like I can offer to someone else.
These are just my personal examples of skills and experiences to show that everyone has been through a different path in life.
We are not all on the same journey.
I read in a newsletter recently from Hobby to Hot about evaluating your personal skills to help you identify your strengths and identify what makes you different from the rest. This is beneficial when trying to figure out what to write about as a blogger and what you have to offer personally.
It is important for people to sit down and think about what makes them special from the rest. Everyone has a different story to tell and inspire others.
Here is the Homework:
List 10 things You are Skilled in (or very good at):
A few things that I wrote: speech therapy, photography (sort of good at), using natural remedies
List 10 things You have Experience in (going through a huge move or job change, surviving a challenging time, or even managing kids):
A few things I wrote: dealing with gestational diabetes, natural labor, rehabilitation, moving, food allergies
List 10 things that you are Knowledgeable in (what do People ask you about all the time):
A few things I wrote: “What do you eat” “What do you take for a cold?” “How do you exercise with kids?”
Getting an organized view of your personal strengths should motivate you. You do have something to offer other people.
In an organization like a church, it is valued to have varying types of people serving and working together. If everyone was the same, we would have holes in our system. Not everyone can be the pastor, someone has to help people find a seat, or teach the kids.
After looking over your skills, experience, and knowledge, evaluate where you can start helping people in your life or maybe in your church.
One Body with Many Members
1 Corinthians 12:12-26
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves[d] or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[e] yet one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
Don’t feel like you are of less value because your skills maybe different. You are valued and needed, because you have something to offer that no one else can provide.
What are your strengths? How are you using them this week?
(Photo adapted from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographybycolby/10169525315/)
This post is linked up to Welcome Home Wednesday and Thriving Thursdays and Proverbs 31 Thursdays and Thankful Thursdays and Motivational Monday and Mommy Monday and Mama Moment’s Monday and Monday’s Musing and Proverbs 31 and Modest Mondays