Let the sharing begin!
Hello All! I just checked the time difference between Sydney and here - It's 4:50pm Monday EST in Virginia by the beach and 6:50AM Tuesday in Sydney... SO GOOD MORNING! (and Good night or afternoon for those else where).
I went through and pulled out the questions and tried my hand at answering them, here goes:
In what ways do these Redemptive Gifts challenge your current paradigms?
I don’t think it challenges it because I’m familiar with them but I am looking forward to learning more.
Do you have an example of the above from your own life that might help us see clearly the strength or weakness of these influences? Birth order – ***I’m third out of four -but since I don’t know my gifting, not sure what influence is there. Parenting – My parents are both quite gifts. If you go by one gifts test, they rank Father: Servant/giver, Mother: giver/servant. The one thing I do remember as a child is that I was ALWAYS too loud and was told so often … hummm -maybe I’m one of the loud gifts? Their good influence: I’ve been accused of being too generous and my siblings and I have a master’s degree in serving (if the church doors were open we were there ‘doing’). Bad: Serving as a means of relationship… a works instead of relational mentality. Woundedness –I’m sure woundedness is my biggest influencer.
Can you give an example from your personality as a marker for your redemptive gift? Is it the weaknesses or the strengths? If it is the strengths, are those things presently readily seen or something you wish were visible?
It’s funny but I can see traits in other people as to what their gifting is far quicker than I can see my own. Hopefully this question will be easier as we go through the study. As I’ve been walking this healing journey, it’s been suggested, a various times, that I’m prophet, or mercy, or ruler… I jokingly call myself a Giver (like my mom) because that seems safest to claim or RGBroken since it seems to be so hard to pin-point what behavioral characteristics are from woundedness and what is from design. IE: I’ve been taught to be a servant, and can and have served a lot but I don’t think that is my gifting. I also often tailor my responses (from brokenness) the way I think others will accept. (So is the writing style of this reply from my woundedness or from my design? ATM only God knows.)
Please comment on any reason listed above or the reason you may want to study the RG’s. I’ve been learning about them from different sources for a while but nothing is conclusive for me.
A friend once shared a list of carnal and mature characteristics of each of the 7 gifts - I can find characteristics/behaviors that fit and ones that don’t in each list so I still don’t know which I am.
I believe knowing what design I am will help me be a better/authentic version of me for the Kingdom. I also know that with woundedness it may take a while before it solidifies.
PS: Lois, the first thing I noticed about this page was the amount of capital letters present. I was concerned… but then saw that Jane had contributed so I’ll credit her for all the capitals. : )Have a beautiful Tuesday!