Thinking Out Loud

April 23, 2022

Rethinking Our Strengths

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 11:22 am

by Sheldon Bungay

We often understand our strengths as those things that we are good at doing or in which we exhibit a high level of competency.

We often understand our weaknesses as those things that we are not very good at or in which we exhibit a lower level of competency.

But what if you are really good at a certain task or great at a certain type of performance but absolutely detest doing it, is it really a strength? What if I love playing a certain sport, love writing poetry, or love to sing and these things bring me great joy, yet I am not considered to be a great player, or great writer, or talented singer? Are they really weaknesses?

What if we defined strengths as those things that actually strengthen us and build us up, and our weaknesses as those things that weaken us and suck the energy out of us?

What if we defined the strengths of our business, organization, church, or program as those elements or activities that strengthen the whole and lift morale?

What if we actually stopped doing certain things even if they have some benefit, but they leave us feeling drained, exhausted, unmotivated, and less enthusiastic about our vocation, workplace, or present reality?

I don’t know about you, but I think that there is much that would be changed or impacted if we redefined our understanding of strengths and weaknesses.


Sheldon Bungay is a Salvation Army officer in Newfoundland, Canada whose strengths include insightful writing. Used by permission.

1 Comment »

  1. I like this!!! Thanks!

    V

    Comment by imaginarywoman — April 23, 2022 @ 1:26 pm


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