This question came to mind after watching a very inspirational video by Marcus Buckingham, who spoke as a key note speaker about being strengths focused. His comments about using the strengths we were given to make a difference in society really struck home for me. As a Christian, I fully believe that God gave me specific strengths for me to utilize throughout my life, not only for my own benefit to find success in whatever I do, but mainly to provide a service for those around me whom I'm called to serve as my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. When I stop and think about the career path that I'm currently on, which I've done quite a bit in the past few years while pile-driving my way through college, I question whether or not I'm on the path that best suites my skills. However, I've spoken to God just about every day along the way, asking Him to continue to guide my career and my life's path in such a way that will bless those in need of what I may have to offer, thus to further His kingdom. With that said, I find confidence in my faith that God has me on the path best suited to the strengths I was born with. This, of course, doesn't mean I'll end up becoming a strength & conditioning specialist for a professional soccer team, which is what I currently continue to currently strive towards. In fact, God may be using my experiences and the education that I'm pursuing to prepare me for an even bigger path that will truly utilize the very strengths He set out for me to discover.
My advice to anyone reading this blog is to not focus on what your strengths should be, but rather continue striving for what motivates you and for the passions you have within you. Then you will be enables to utilize the strengths you already obtain. Trust in the Lord to guide your career path(s) and find comfort in knowing you will make a difference. And of course, never stop striving for excellence!
by, Steven Waite