I admit I don’t mince words. I say what I mean and mean what I say.
I was embarrassed when a USMC Commanding Officer had seen my cut and dry directness as an asset. I was defensive when a woman from my church saw it as a pretty major personality flaw. And I felt exposed when the Holy Spirit began to convict me about how I was using this “personality superpower.”
You may not be direct, but do you have a personality trait that has ever left you feeling embarrassed, defensive, or exposed?
If this is how God made you, do you really have any control over it? Can you just look at the person standing across from you and say, “Sorry, this is just who I am.”
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For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.Psalm 139:13-14 English Standard Version
Big Picture Take Away
If you are Christan with the Holy Spirit dwelling inside you, convicting you, changing you, growing out of you are now and into who God created you to be. You can’t just stay on auto-pilot, going through the motions, reacting the way you always have just because it is just easier that way. God created you with a special gift and put you in the exact place and circumstance you are in so you can use it to point others to Jesus with it. And the closer you are walking with Him, the more He will reveal to you the specifics of how He wants you to do that.
If you are not sure what your superpower is, here are some ways you can figure it out…
Ask yourself what is it that bothers you most about other people because it is so different from you. Think about what makes you most insecure when you don’t have it? Feeling brave, ask those closest to you what they think is your most dominant trait is or start praying that God would reveal it to you.
“While it isn’t easy or comfortable to look closely at our motives and our behaviors when we’re living on autopilot, remember that grace is plentiful and that you are loved beyond all measure. Living more on purpose and more aligned with who you were created to be is a beautiful, difficult, fulfilling, messy, and utterly worthwhile journey.” Kim Eddy, Christian Ennegram Coach
Check out her book “The Enneagram for beginners: A Christian Guide to Understanding Your Type for a God-Centered Life”
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