Your Perfect Fit
Have you ever heard a doctor explain a disease where one organ tries to do the function of another organ? It would be crazy if the liver tried to pump blood because pumping blood seems more glamorous than filtering out waste. Leviticus 17:11 says the life of a creature is in the blood. Pumping blood is the heart’s soul purpose. This blood supplies oxygen through red blood cells, clotting properties, nutrients, hormones, proteins, carbon dioxide, glucose, fats, vitamins and mineral salts.
If the liver tries to do the work of the heart, things in the body would get confused, fight for their own jobs and begin to deteriorate.
I don’t think there has ever been a case of organs in the body taking on functions they were not created for. Some organs begin to breakdown for other reasons or metastasize, but not because the brain is trying to digest food per say or the hair follicles are trying to maintain balance.
But our mind is a different story. We try to do functions that are not ours all the time. Many times we don’t want the function God gave us, we want the more glamorous function we see on TV. We want our neighbors gift of landscaping or the lady in Bible study’s knowledge or the friend on FB’s perfect-looking kids. We try to do something we were not designed to do and it stresses us and makes us unproductive in our area of expertise.
Yes, you have expertise! We all have an area where we shine. So often we fall prey to the shiny lights and accolades we think we will get with a different purpose than God has for us. When we pursue what is not intended for us, things break down, people around us get confused and we feel the need to search for meaning all the time and never finding it.
How to Find the God-Anointed Function that Fits You
1. I am a big fan of personality tests. There are so many free tests on-line. They all are a little different. Their length may vary. They are not 100% accurate or perfect, but they can be very helpful in finding how you are bend towards certain aspects of character. I like the DISC (www.123test.com/disc-personality-test/) that tests your Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness. This test from Church Growth (www.gift.churchgrowth.org) tells you which Biblical gifts you have from the lists in Romans and 1 Corinthians.
2. As a Life Coach, one of the first things I do with my clients is guide them through their past using a Life Puzzle. I help them bring to the surface any significant indications of what gifts that have been using their whole life that they may not even have recognized all these years.
3. In my sessions, one of the homework assignments is to ask 3-5 close friends or family to describe to you what they believe your gift is from an outside perspective.
4. Finally, I help my clients look at what season they are currently living. Are they in a season where Wife and Mom should be the priority, but they constantly want to live in another season better suited for time? Being mindful of priorities and your particular circumstances can have an affect on what your propose and gifts are at the moment.
So, no matter how insignificant you believe your role is in life, it has meaning and purpose. If you are not doing it, who will? Only you are created just like you to do what God has set before you. Do it with 100% passion and purpose.
You wouldn’t try to fit into your mom’s clothes, so don’t try fitting into someone else’s gift. Find the function that perfectly fits you.