Friday, June 29, 2007
Rev Gals Friday Five: Gifts and Talents
Here is this week's Friday Five from Sally at Eternal Echoes. I haven't played in a while -- so here goes.
1. Personality tests; love them or hate them?
I love them! I know my Myers-Briggs designation (INFP)and that I am a "Golden Retriever/Owl" and that I am a high "I" on the DISC inventory...and so on.
2. Would you describe yourself as practical, creative, intellectual or a mixture?
I am a mixture. I love to ponder and learn new things and evaluate, but a time will come when I say, "Okay, enough. How in the world do we actually DO this stuff?" And creative...yes, sometimes. I love to cook, and I love to paint even though I am not good at that one. I try to be creative even in sermons. Sometimes I wish I were not so mixed up. I'd occasionally like to be REALLY STRONG in just one area.
3. It is said that everyone has their 15 minutes of fame; have you had your yet? If so what was it, if not dream away what would you like it to be?
No. I am still waiting. Boy, it will be fun when it arrives, if it does. I would like it to be something to do with ministry--not so I could be "famous" but if I were it would mean that God had done something unusual and powerful. I'm always up for that!
4. If you were given a 2 year sabbatical (oh the dream of it) to create something would it be music, literature, art.....something completely different...share your dream with us...
I would write a book. Maybe two. I love to write and I have so many things bouncing around in my head. I'd love to have the outlet, and the time to sort it out and make it organized and meaningful.
5. Describe a talent you would like to develop, but that seems completely beyond you.
Ooooh, playing the piano/keyboard. I always loved music, and unlike all my friends whose parents were forcing them to take piano lessons they hated, I longed for a piano and lessons--but 'twas not to be. At this advanced middle-aged point in life---ack--it is not going to happen. I am actually still very sad about that. Maybe when I retire.
Bonus question: Back to the church- what does every member ministry mean to you? Is it truly possible to encourage/ implement?
Since I believe passionately that pastor-teacher folks are given the divine mandate to "equip the saints for the work of the ministry," I MUST believe it is not only possible but essential to encourage everyone to find and use their God-given talents and abilities and spiritual gifts. Does that mean that we will see the day when each and every person in a given church is functioning happily as God created and fashioned and equipped them to do? No. But it will always be a goal to reach for. Till Jesus returns, you will find me trying, one way or another, to help people discover their potential and put it to Kingdom use.