Number 14 – Describe 5 weaknesses and strengths you have.
I think most strengths can also lend itself toward weakness as well. At least, that’s true for me.
- Strength: I’m detail-oriented and organized. I’m a “planner” and get things done well in advance most of the time. (Perhaps you might be seeing by now that I love lists, it makes things much more concise and easy to see.)
- Weakness: Being organized means that I have a hard time living in the present because I’m always looking ahead at what’s coming so I can prepare myself. It also means that spontaneity and flexibility are harder to come by for me. It does depend on the situation though, I will give myself credit for the times when I am those things.
- Strength: I love learning new things and especially love to read. I find learning to be exhilarating and I’m often caught up in something for months reading everything I can about it.
- Weakness: Apparently I can come across as a “know-it-all” even when my heart is not at all in a place to “school people” but instead to just to connect with people. I tend to talk about what I’m learning so much that people feel I’m throwing my intelligence or knowledge about stuff in their faces. That’s one of the biggest things I am misunderstood about, because I’m really just trying to connect with people, make friends by finding likemindedness on something and share what I’m learning about. This particularly has hurt me more in the last couple of years than anything else.
- Strength: I’m honest. I will always tell you the truth to whatever question is asked of me. I hold honesty in very high regard, I value it greatly. I would much rather people be honest with me, and potentially hurt my feelings for a short time, than put on a facade and I found out later that they weren’t.
- Weakness: Because I want to be honest myself, I tend to say whatever’s on my mind and sometimes I just can’t figure out how to say it gently. I tend to “speak the truth” but lack the “in love” part (Ephesians 4:15). I will try but I tend to just blurt out what I’m trying to say and then backtrack to make it softer. I’m always praying for more grace to come out of my mouth!
- Strength: I care about other people. I’m nurturing to them and I desire to meet needs they may have, be it physical, emotional or spiritual. This is usually why I volunteer to make families food, or disciple women, or do whatever needs to be done to make people feel important, loved and cared for.
- Weakness: This also means that I put too much stock in what people think of me. I tend to want to please people in order to be liked. I get too wrapped up in what my reputation may be that I get sucked into doing too many things for too many people or organizations, forgetting that my #1 call is to my husband and my kids. I am learning to say “no” to things at the risk of disappointing others but for the betterment of my family.
- Strength: I’m discerning, or rather God has given me the gift of discernment (see here and here for a definition). I can usually tell within a few short minutes if something or someone is “off”. I can pick out something someone is saying as false or twisted. By God’s grace and the Holy Spirit’s direction, I just know what people to stay away from – they give me the eebie-jeebies – or who is alright to hang around. This has always served me very well, and I’ve never been proven wrong about a feeling I get with someone or a situation.
- Weakness: This also means that I can be prideful and judgmental towards someone – like I want nothing to do with them because, well frankly, I don’t. But that doesn’t excuse any rudeness or lack of love that I sometimes have, even if it’s just in my heart or thoughts while I may be perfectly polite outwardly (unless you asked what I thought and then I would be honest, but possibly not gentle).
Would you like to participate in the “30 Things” series?
There is a link party on the index page of this series, you can add your link at any time this month. I would truly enjoy reading about you!