When I think of the word “celebrate,” I think of joy, fun, happiness, and excitement. There are so many things that we celebrate in life: wedding, promotion, birth of child, new home, graduation, new job, retirement, and on, and on, and on. How often do we celebrate who we are in God?
During my coursework to become a Christian Life Coach, I had to take several assessments. There was one particular assessment known as the DISC Assessment. I took the assessment and found the results to be quite accurate. As I began to report out my results to the class and discuss my plan to make some changes, my instructor halted me. She said the goal of the assessment was to highlight our uniqueness and to celebrate the “giftedness” that God had given us.
I was taken aback. I had clearly misunderstood, and had identified ways to make, what I thought, were needed changes. It took me a couple of weeks of prayer, and thinking it through to come into agreement with what she had said. Ultimately, I decided that it was about self-acceptance. Most of the traits that I was trying to change, are the ones that make me who I am. They are integral to me and are what makes me – me. They are God given, and given for a purpose. While I should not try to change these traits, I should seek to mature in them.
What are your God given characteristics? Do you know? If not, pray and ask God to reveal them to you; ask your family and friends to identify your strengths. Once they have been identified, accept them, own them, and celebrate them. It is at the moment that you celebrate how God has made you, that He is able to use you for His purpose.
Blessings to You – Janice Caldwell
Associate Certified Coach, ICF