Tuesday, June 26, 2007


I don't like talking about myself--much less thinking about myself. I am an introvert. Most people who get to know me are often surprised. I do regain energy by being alone. So I don't like me being the central focus.

My strengths assessment energized me. If someone were to ask me about my strengths, I would have struggled. Now I can verbalize a lot better. Knowing more about yourself can strengthen you. In my case it has invigorated my outlook out to the future. I surmise that knowing yourself better can also be debilitating. But in my life so far, I have gained confidence in knowing more about myself.

Though reluctant, I am curious about me. What more will i discover in this journey? I can't wait to find out.

pastor d

Friday, June 22, 2007

Learning New Things

My Top Five Strengths

In the past few days I've discovered a lot more about me. I've taken the Strengths Finder 2.0 instrument by Tom Rath. My top five strengths are: connectedness, learner, developer, context and analytical. Upon reflection this instrument summarizes who I am presently.

I am a person who seeks to make things fit into a big picture--I connect the dots in my life to see the larger picture. My primary strength at this time of my life is connectedness. I see the big picture and how things are connected.

Likewise, I am someone who is a learner. I've always liked books. Information to me is a prized possession. Data informs my life for today and tomorrow.

I like to develop others. I naturally identify with someone's situation and seek to develop their gifts and talents. I love people and strive to care for and to shepherd them with sincere nurture.

I am someone who learns from the past. I take things into context--seeking to implement new things to advance present tasks and projects while proliferating ideas for future solutions to come.

However, I am methodical, selecting to work things out beforehand so I can make sense of things by gathering data into a logical sequence and solution. So I may take too long collecting data before acting upon anything. I am a reasonable person.

Taken together my strengths can be used in connecting and developing leaders for ministry around the world where future generations can be impacted. I may like to minister with those who may allow me to innovate and learn new ways of doing things, thinking in new directions, and explaining things in logical sequences. I could see me as a mentor, coach, and teacher of leaders who go out to impact the world for Christ.

Seeking God's call,

Pastor D

Monday, June 18, 2007

A New Beginning

As i begin this new direction for my life I am confused. Things happened so abruptly, yet I still trust God. As i move forward in my spiritual journey, i will share how God is leading me and how I want to desire God more in my life. May these words I share, the thougths I ponder, and the wonder of it all, provide insight into your own journey to know God better.

Seeking God's call,