When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. – John 11:33-35
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:15
Living Your Strengths: You can sense what it feels like to be someone else; You can pick up on the pain and joy of others. Other people feel heard by you and experience your compassion; Empathy talents are valuable because they enable you to form very close, supportive relationships in which you help and encourage others.
Using Your Talent for Growth and Service: Spend time in silent prayer. It provides the potential for you to look within your soul and experience your inner being. Simply observe your emotions and what goes on in your mind; Experimental worship will probably be most meaningful to you. For worship to move you, it must have an emotional connection; Learn to recognize your own signs of being overly stressed, and know what to do about it. It is essential that you know when and how to make yourself a priority; Take time to help, whether it’s a stranger who needs directions, a child who needs extra attention learning how to read, or your aging neighbor who can’t carry his groceries anymore.
But all things should be done decently and in order. – 1 Corinthians 14:40
All this he made clear to me in writing from the hand of the LORD, all the work to be done according to the plan. – 1 Chronicles 28:19
Living your Strengths: You find ways to organize yourself to get things done; You create order where it is needed; Discipline talents are valuable because they make you effocient and effective. First, they motivate you to organize tasks. Then, they keep you motivated to complete those tasks.
Using Your Talent for Growth and Service: Volunteer to A) keep a church timeline, including celebrations of milestones for major projects of the church B) be part of a cleaning day at the church. Help bring order and neatness to the area you are assigned C) keep the church calendar of events current and accurate; Make Bible reading and prayer part of your daily routine. You’ll come to love the predictability, and you will grow spiritually as a result; Recognize that mistakes might depress you. Precision is a core part of who you are; however, you must find ways to move through these moments of annoyance and prevent becoming discouraged.
Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. – Daniel 6:4
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 7:21
Living your Strengths: You are dependable, and people know they can count on you; You don’t want to let people down, and you will work very hard to fulfill all your responsibilities and keep your word; Responsibility talents are valuable because they lead others to trust you and to become more responsible themselves. You might be more of a role model than you realize.
Using your Talents for Growth and Service: You need to “live” your faith to grow spiritually. Make a commitment to perform acts of neighborly love; delivering or serving meals at the homeless shelter, volunteering at a hospital, or relieving the caregiver of a hospice patient. Choose environments that are most meaningful to you; Take personal responsibility for setting aside quality time to develop your relationship with God; Consider fasting as a spiritual discipline. Besides fasting from food, consider abstaining from TV, shopping, or other activities you enjoy to focus your attention on “the things of God.”
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”41But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:38-42
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Living Your Strengths: You want to continuously learn and improve; Learning builds your confidence; You can get frustrated about wanting to learn so many different things because you fear you’ll never be an expert; Learner talents are valuable because they propel you to thrive in a dynamic world where learning is necessary. You can learn a lot in a short period of time.
Using your Talents for Growth and Service: Feed your constant need to learn through a Bible lesson for each day of the year; Start a book club. Center your group on educational and informative books about faith and spirituality; Find ways to mark the progress of your learning. If there are distinct levels or stages of learning within your spiritual growth program or the class you are taking, celebrate your progress from one level to the next. If no such level exist, create them for yourself.
Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. – John 21:25
My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
2making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
3yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
4if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
5then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
– Proverbs 2:1-5
Living Your Strengths: You crave information; You find many things interesting; Input talents are valuable becasue they keep your mind active and lead you to become knowledgeable. You are likely to become an expert in one or more areas.
Using your Talent for Growth and Service: Consider taking a trip to the Middle East or the Mediterranean. Your faith is likely to come alive as you actually see and experince the places in biblical history; Your natural inquisitiveness can help you be an outstanding researcher. Make yourself available to do research for those who need to speak or teach on topics they know little about; Your capacity for collecting and gathering might make you a natural contributor to your church;s newsletter or Web Site; You will collect things that others will eventually need – from books to ideas to church information. Be ready to share.