What are your two greatest strengths? What areas would you like to improve?
Strengths? Sure, I have a few. I am much more aware of my weaknesses though. Why is that? Most of the time we tend to focus on the negative characteristics that we possess as opposed to our strengths. Everyone's been blessed with certain traits that should be acknowledged from time to time. At first, I felt awkward writing out this post. Mostly due to the fact that my weaknesses far outnumber the handful of strengths I have. I like it that way though. It constantly makes me realize that in my weakness, God's strong. There's no way I could have these characteristics without Him.
If I were to name two strengths, I'd say empathy and forgiveness. I have always tried my hardest to place myself in others shoes. When I see someone hurting, I automatically revert back to a hard time in my life. I try to relive them in my mind for a second and all of the emotions I felt start to flood back. It's in that moment that I can relate to the brokenhearted, the downtrodden. The ones who feel lost, hopeless, abandoned and afraid. Instantly I feel God's sweet love saturating my heart.
When it comes to forgiveness, it's taken me some time to build this strength. This was actually one that developed from a weakness. Crazy how that works out, huh? I used to hold bitterness and anger inside when someone would hurt or offend me. It's taken lots of tears and prayers to finally overcome. The Holy Spirit brought me to my senses one day. Holding onto unforgiveness only hurts myself. Now that I've realized this, I can honestly say that forgiving has become easier. Sure it's still a little hard at times. But it's coming more and more naturally now. It feels good to extend mercy and grace to other people. God knows that I constantly need it and thanks to Jesus it's freely given unto me. So why not give it just as freely as I have received it? It's beautiful and it brings an overwhelming sense of freedom.
As far as things that I would like to improve, the list is a mile long. I'm still flawed to the max, but so very thankful for God's help in each of these areas. I am looking forward to working on the following:
Loving more • Assuming less • Controlling my temper • Being content • Not becoming complacent
Respectfully disagreeing with others • Speaking up • Remaining humble • Giving without hesitation
No comparing • Being joyful through affliction • Consistency in my time spent with God • No worries
Helping out a lot more • Working harder • Being the best wife, daughter, sister + friend that I can be