My husband and I are on a unique journey. A lot like a writing slump where all you want to do is write but you’re waiting for something to happen that’s important enough to write about (this is me ALL THE TIME), we’re living in a “not yet” “someday soon” mentality. We pray for the finances to come in so our life overseas can take-off. Like an author without a story to write, knowing the call that we have but not being able to do it yet can sometimes be frustrating.
This week I re-took the StrengthsFinder test. I took it both my freshman and senior year of college with semi-differing results. After 2 years working abroad post-college and now being a newlywed, I was curious to see how and if my strengths had developed. My top strength once again confirmed the bold truth for how I function and thrive.
Activator: “People strong in Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.” Hmmm.
So this impatience, discontentment, and craving to “do” are the underlying traits that tend to arise if I am not busy “activating.” No wonder I’m so restless!
The time we’ve been in America has mainly consisted of talk. Talk talk talk talk talk…. “We’re going to be moving to place A where we will be working with organization B enacting strategy C in order to accomplish purpose D…” Although our talking is definitely building purposeful partnering relationships, the emphasis on the end goal has me kicking to jump on a plane and act on it!
Of course, my second strength would be Positivity.
“People strong in positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.”
Naturally the optimism works to balance out my impatient self– because yes, I am excited and you should be excited becasue what we’re going to be doing is very exciting! You see?:)
During all the waiting and preparation and ideation, my third strength comes into play: Belief.
“People strong in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.”
I hold tight to what I know my purpose to be. Amidst the uncertainty and waiting, I go to Jesus to fill my cup. He is what I cling to; His promises flood my soul.
Before I know it, we’ll be buying plane tickets and packing our bags.