Back in May I mentioned the numerous jobs I’ve had over the years and still not sure what I want to do when I grow up! No matter what I’m doing, my sweet spot is in Jesus. Living for HIm, following His lead, living the best I can by His powerful example.
Many people struggle to confidently say this is what I’m great at, this is what I enjoy, this gives me the greatest pleasure. If someone is close by, be bold and ask them what they think they are good at. You would be surprised about the number of vague answers you get. Seriously, though, ask someone, see what you find out. If you are really feeling bold, ask someone what they think you are great at! You may be shocked by their answer.
Over the years, it’s been difficult to match the skills that come naturally to a job that is enjoyable. Strange, I know. But there are a lot of people out there that feel stuck in the mundane of their job and receive little satisfaction from what they do.
Over the years, during youth group, Sunday school and small groups, I’ve taken a Spiritual Gifts Study several times. It’s like taking a character questionnaire to see what your strengths and weaknesses are. A Spiritual Gifts Study reveals the gifts you were given when you made the decision to be a believer of Christ. Similar to how your interests change over the years, your strength in different Spiritual Gifts can change and strengthen depending on your journey.
The first time I took the questionnaire, mercy was a big fat zero! Haha! I definitely had some room to grow in giving mercy to others! My top two were leadership and hospitality. Hospitality I could believe and see in myself. Leadership, at that time, not so much. Think of an awkward teenage girl who didn’t quite fit in anywhere and was in the background more than not. I didn’t see that gift in myself. I thought the questionnaire got it wrong! Haha! I did my duty, took the questionnaire, thought ok, whatever and moved on. Typical teenager! A couple years later, in college, the Bible study I was involved with wanted to take a Spiritual Gift survey. Ok, I thought, I’ll try again and see what happens. I was pleasantly surprised when mercy bumped up a few spots! My top three were hospitality, leadership and administration. Administration was new. I also thought it interesting that teaching wasn’t at the top since I was going to school to be a teacher! It came later! Anyway, Being the wise 19 or 20 year old that I was, I decided to think more deeply about my top three and see If those gifts were showing up in what I was doing. While the administration gift surprised me, I could see it in what I was doing at that time. It made sense.
Over the years, it didn’t matter what “job” I had, my top three gifts were evident. The skills involved came naturally. I made improvements along the way, but the foundation of those gifts flowed. I was in my sweet spot.
Growing up, and to this day, three women played an intricate role in my growing in these areas. (Sidenote: The moment you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit washes over you, becomes a part of you and you are gifted with Spiritual Gifts. These gifts are given to build up the body of Christ for His glory.) Each time I’ve taken the survey, hospitality has been number one. As I look back, these three women were my role models for this gift. Each one emphasized the importance of family, being together, eating together, spending time with one another and they provided a warm, welcoming home where you were encased in unconditional love.
As I scroll back and think of the retreats, special events, birthday parties, family gatherings, holiday meals, and simply welcoming friends and family into our home, I was in my sweet spot.
This past Sunday, our small group had an Italian meal pitch-in. Stuffed shells, smoked italian roast beef, spaghetti and meatballs, caesar salad, homemade bread, cannoli and several other goodies. Everyone had arrived, we were getting ready to bless the food and I paused. I took a look around, observed important people in my life relaxed, laughing, having a good time. It made my heart happy. My heart overflowed at that moment. We blessed the food, ate until we couldn’t eat any more and had a wonderful time.
Some people have figured out how to live in their sweet spot, thriving, doing what they love and making a living out of it. Some people are content doing their day job and living in their sweet spot in their free time. Whatever it looks like for you, find your sweet spot. Don’t be content to go day in and day out without being filled with joy in what you do.
Ask yourself, a co-worker, your kids (that might be scary!), a neighbor, a friend what they think your strengths are. Share with them what you see as their strengths. Then talk about how you are using them today. Help each other find your sweet spots in life.
Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this sweet spot of life, together, in Him.