Wednesday, January 19, 2011


During this past Sunday's message we shared the following thought: "If you want to discover God’s purpose and plan for your life, investigate where and how your gifts, passion and experiences intersect. Because where your gifts, passion and experiences meet is probably where you will find the “SWEET SPOT” as to how God wants to USE YOU to bring Him great glory, to share His love and to serve others." The entire message is available for download on a2's website.

Some have asked, "But Chris, how do I discover my gifts? How can I get a handle on what my passion in life really is?"

Great questions.

I recommend the following resources:

Tom Rath has written a book titled, StrengthsFinder 2.0. It's available over on for $10.69. The cool thing about the book is that with the purchase of the book, you get access to an online assessment tool that will assist you in discovering your strengths and giftedness. While Rath's book is not necessarily a "Christian" book or an examination of the "spiritual gifts" the New Testament talks about, it is very helpful. Check it out by clicking here.

Arthur Miller has also written a book titled, Why You Can't Be Anything You Want To Be. It's available over on for $14.96.

Miller's book IS written from a "Christian" perspective and does contain some really helpful tools that will assist you in discovering the unique way God wired you up. I highly recommend the book. Check it out by clicking here.

GET THIS: discovering and understanding your giftedness will require some time and effort. But it's well worth it! I'm convinced that the moment we take the time and put forth the effort to understand the way God has uniquely wired us is the moment we get the attention of God and He will begin to reveal His purpose and plan for our lives...

So, drop $15.00 on Miller's book or drop $11.00 on Rath's book. Take the time to read the book(s). Complete the assessments. Prayerfully ask God to reveal His purpose and plan. He has promised to provide wisdom and clarity if we will simply ask.

James 1:5 (NLT), If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

James 1:5 (MSG), If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.

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