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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Day 32: Use it or lose it

 The Day 32 chapter of The Purpose Driven Life discusses discovering, accepting and developing your "SHAPE" (refer my previous post for the definition).

Having had numerous jobs, I have done numerous aptitude tests. So I have had a look over all the results and found a definite bias towards analysis and creativity.  Rick Warren mentions spiritual gifts tests, so I did a google search.  There are a surprising number of them.  I did one on Christianet (  It determined that I had the following spiritual gifts:
  • teacher - This gift enables particular Christians to communicate the truths of God's Word in a manner that others can learn and apply those truths to their own life. (Maybe God has directed me to start this blog.)
  • hospitality - This gift is the special ability that enables the Christian to provide open arms, an open house and warm welcome for those in need of friendship, a warm welcome, food or lodging.
  • exhortation - This gift enables certain Christians to stand beside fellow Christians in need and bring comfort, counsel and encouragement.
  • discernment - This gift allows certain Christians to know through the power of God and with assurance whether some behavior is of God or of Satan.
I was disappointed to learn that I scored 0% for the gift of being a prophet, not that I have ever had any indication that I was a prophet, I just think it would be interesting (although possibly likely to land you in a mental insitution if not handled correctly).

In relation to accepting and enjoying your "SHAPE", Rick Warren writes "Nobody is good at everything, and no one is called to be everything. We all have defined roles."  I love this because it means I can stop feeling guilty about not caring about things that don't interest me.  For example, some people seem to get so excited about the emmissions trading legislation.  It will be 20 years before they work this stuff out and get a bill passed, so I really just don't care.  This doesn't mean that I don't think the environment is an important issue - I am a member of greenpeace.  I just think politians waste a lot of time squabling and calling each other names and my time is better spent on other things.

However, it also means we need to "be all we can be".  When I look at the two results of the aptitude tests - analysis and creativity - I see that I have spent a lot of time on my analytical skills and virtually no time on my creative skills.  The two don't natually fit together - have you ever thought of a banker as creative?  But if I could find a way to mesh them together in my life it would be great.  (If you have any ideas - please leave a comment)

To develop your talents, you need to use them.  The Snowball, the biography of Warren Buffett, relates an incident in which both Warren Buffett and Bill Gates were separately asked "what is the key to success?" Both answered "focus".  The more I think about this, the more I agree with it.  There are so many distractions available that it can be hard to concentrate on what you need to do. It is only by staying focused that you can achieve anything.


  1. Didnt like the test much, but gave it a go. A couple I would have like to have redone, but got:

    67% Hospitality
    56% Intercession
    44% Exhortation
    44% Discernment
    33% Mercy
    33% Leadership
    33% Healing
    33% Faith
    33% Administration
    22% Wisdom
    22% Teacher
    22% Servant/Helps
    22% Missionary
    22% Evangelist
    11% Music
    0% Prophet
    0% Pastor
    0% Giving
    0% Artistry
    0% Apostle

  2. Have you ever thought a marketer was creative? If they have good skills in analysis this is a major benefit to how successful they can be. (at least based on my conference last week). A few other creative areas according to wikipedia (where I would think analysis is good) are: scientific research, product development, and strategy development.

  3. Strategy development sounds interesting, particularly if I would get to play with miniture air craft carriers on a big map of the world.