Learn Your Weakness: Work With Them

by: By Carol McClain: @carol_mcclain

Friends started a small group with one of those fun character quizzes. In this one, our characteristics were symbolized by cute animals: lion, otter, beaver, golden retrievers.

I so wanted to be a beaver. They were industrious. Got things done. All business. That’s how I saw myself.

Shockingly, I came up as a golden retriever (my family’s favorite critter). This dog seemed goofy, loving, unproductive. The opposite of me–a beaver.

After thinking about it, the quiz was accurate, and two traits comforted me: goldens want to make people happy, and they’re lazy.

Now the last one would sound odd to be one that comforts. However, it opened my eyes to a characteristic of mine. I love to do things, but this body at rests, stays at rest. I looked back at all I’d done in my life and saw that I gravitated to the short-cut. As a perfectionist (in character, not skills), I condemned myself. Then I discovered it’s a fairly common characteristic of many people. Knowing that fact, took away condemnation (it’s not ME), and it gave me the tools to work to improve.

  1. I don’t hate working on church ministries–I just tend to follow the universal law of inertia: bodies at rest stay at rest.
  2. I don’t hate volunteering–I just follow the law.
  3. I’m a legalist–What can I tell you? I follow the law.

Work To Your Strengths. Strengthen Your Weaknesses

  1. You won’t spin your wheels doing what God has not called you to do. 1 Cor. 12: 5-6 (we have different gifts).
  2. You can strengthen the areas where you’re weak. When I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor. 12:10.
  3. You are perfectly made. God can use you warts and all. Ps. 139:14

Quick Tweets

You’re perfect just the way you are. (click to tweet).

God’s strength can be displayed through your weakness. (click to tweet).


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      I would go to blogspot and get a free platform there. Don’t go a paid route until you get your feet wet and know what your focus is.

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  4. Cheryl says:

    Interesting. I’m the beaver with golden retriever a close second. So glad God uses us and grows us. Blessings.

    • Carol McClain says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Cheryl. Yes, we complement each other. Have no clue how to react with an otter.

  5. June Foster says:

    Congrats on your new blog.

    • Carol McClain says:

      Thank you, so much. It’s a lot to learn. I don’t know what I’d do if I had to design the whole thing.

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