By Josh Corrick
Hopefully we can agree that it is vital to keep discovering who you are, especially within the body of Christ. (See Understanding Yourself Part One and Part Two.) However, you might be thinking, "Okay, that is easy to explain from a theoretical perspective, but where do I start?"
There is no one-size-fits-all answer, because honestly the journey of discovery is not only what helps us understand but even what helps define who we are. Fortunately, there are some practical resources and ideas available that can assist you as you Look In.
Here's some ideas to get started:
- Use an Assessment. They can be some great objective tools.
- Take results to a close friend or mentor/coach and process the results
- Do these things match my personality?
- I learned this about myself...
- Reflect on what you do in a day-to-day basis
- Interactions with people
- Things you got done
- Things you didn’t get done
- What did I do today that I got excited about?
- What did I dread doing today?
Don't be afraid (in fact, be encouraged) to journal as you go along. Sometimes looking in a mirror isn't always fun--even knowing that God is the Potter and we are the clay we can still become frustrated of who we are and/or who we are not. Assessments are not the end-all and are never all inclusive. However, this is all the more reason to interact with the results and ask questions of yourself and those in your close community.
These are just a starting point, but they are clues to help you discover more about who God has created you to be. What might be some other resources that you have used? Leave a comment and let's learn together!