Well, the flip side of that is I could be considered rude, too direct, lacking in diplomacy (believe me, I am never going to be a diplomat - on any planet!), opinionated! You get my point?
- I have seen people who I consider to have great leadership skills use that gift to dominate, or control.
- I myself have used my ability to be direct to cut people off, no nonsense, no sensitivity!
- What about the ability to preach and teach? I have seen that used to push that person's personal belief system instead of focus on the Word!
- I've seen the very generous be overly concerned about the 'making' of money.
The point I am trying to make is that the one thing we consider to be our strength is often times also our greatest weakness. If we are aware of that we can train ourselves to adapt and we can train ourselves to grow the good and squash the 'not so good' of our gift. But the best way to "manage" our gift is to give it back to God and let Him guide us how and when to use it.
Every aspect of our strength can be utilized positively. Because it is a strength given to us by the Lord it is something we can fall into naturally but it is His guidance that teaches us to use to wisely.
James 1 v 17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
God has given us free will. It is therefore our responsibility to manage our gifts and strengths. My encouragement to you is to allow God to lead you in your strengths and weaknesses and He will bring balance in those areas.
Linking this week with these lovely ladies: