When we use something in a way that it is not meant to be used it doesn’t last. Sometimes this is because we don’t know how it should be used. This is pretty clearly seen in the video below
We as people also have a way that is good for us and a way that isn’t and I’m not just talking about sin! Every person has his or her own dominate patterns of thought, feelings and behaviors. In Strengths language we call these our ‘talents’. When we do things that use these patterns we get energized.
However, when we are forced to operate in ways that go against these patterns they get ‘stressed’. If we are constantly working against our natural talents we will burn out. In other words, when you constantly go against the way God made you to operate you will burn out.
Because we are all unique the way you need to work will be different to the way I need to work. This is why one person will burn out in a job while another in the same position will prosper. It is why one person can be in one situation and work long hours and thrive while in another will tire and struggle very quickly. Knowing what talents God has put in you will help you understand in what situations you will tire and in what you will excel.
While people are unique there are four major focus areas of our talents. Over the next four posts I will look at the four major focus areas of people’s talents. While this doesn’t give the full picture for many it will help give some idea on the areas where they should focus.