In my Pentecost sermon (http://oursaviourpv.org/sermons.aspx), I talked about a book co-authored by Albert L. Winseman, D.Min. The book is Living Your Strengths. At the back of the book is a code to be used to take an online inventory that will identify our “signature themes.” Albert works for the Gallup organization. Gallup research has found that we can only marginally increase our weaknesses, but we can exponentially increase our talents. There are only one in 33 million people who have our ranked signature themes. And we are unique in the world for our ranked 34 talents. In every congregation every person brings unique talents or gifts to further the kingdom of God. Our job is find out what they are and do them.
There are five clues to a talent: 1) Yearning (drawn to a activity), 2) rapid learning (get it quickly), 3) flow (do something automatically), 4) glimpse of excellence (did it well and didn’t know how it was done), and 5) satisfaction (do it again). A talent becomes a strength when knowledge and skill are applied.
A signature theme is the top five, ranked, talents or strengths a person has. The inventory, the Clifton Strengths Finder, has 34 talents or strengths that people possess. A report of your signature themes can be printed from the web site. But you have to buy the book to get the code to take the inventory.
My signature themes are: relator, achiever, intellection, learner, and focus.
There is something everyone does that is better than 10,000 other people.Another question every Christian should ask himself or herself is, ”If time and money were no problem, then what would you do for God?”