Who is with Me?
by Lori Jacobs
While an essential part of leadership is discovering what your gifts are, an equally important part is discovering what your gifts are not.
I can’t read a map to save my life, but my friend Kamyl always knows exactly which direction she is going and could maneuver her way across the continent, choosing either the scenic route or the quick route, with no sweat. While I have trouble taking charge, I have friends who love to be in control and give friendly orders to see a goal accomplished. I don’t always see the big picture; however, I do have people in my life who can see a vision for the future and design the path to get there. (In fact, I am married to one of those people).
So, you may be asking, what can she do? If you were to assign me a task, I would type and print a list, a timeline, and an outline, place it all in a 3-ring binder, and carry out every detail. I would even clean up afterward and put everything away, enjoying every step, seeing it through to completion.
God designed each one of us with specific gifts. In 1 Corinthians 12, God’s plan is very clear: “Now you are the body of Christ, and every one of you is part of it.” (verse 27) With this in mind, build a team who will help you explore, dream, work, and grow. Take others along with you–traveling together is so much better than trying to go alone.
God said to me, I could well have made human beings in such a way that they each had everything, but I preferred to give different gifts to different people, so that they would all need each other. – St. Catherine of Siena
Know your gifts. Build a team. Reach your destination together.