4 Resources to Help You Know How God Designed You
If work is the thing that most of us spend most of our time doing, what kind of work should we do? Is the work you’re currently doing the work you ought to be doing? I suspect many of you ask this question from time to time. In Sunday’s sermon, “Work As Vocation,” I gave four questions* to help you evaluate your work. I’d encourage you to listen to the sermon if you missed it and want to hear more about these questions.
â–ª How has God designed me?
â–ª What life experiences have shaped me?
â–ª What circumstances surround me?
â–ª What do my wise counselors say?
To help you answer the first question, I’ve put together a list of helpful books and resources for learning more about personality, strengths, spiritual gifts, and more.
Keirsey Temperament Sorter
If you’ve ever heard someone describe themselves using a combination of four letters like ENTJ (that’s me) or ISFP, they have taken this personality test. There are books available that include the test and then give descriptions of the personality types. You can also take the test online, but the detailed report does cost money.
Keirsey website | Please Understand Me II (Amazon) | People Patterns (Amazon)
This is another common personality test. I haven’t taken it personally, but it is also available to take online.
This test gives you a report with your top five talent themes and how those strengths play out in real life. This is a test that I took in seminary and found it helpful. To take this test you have to have an access code which comes with the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book.
StrengthsFinder 2.0 website | StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Amazon)
This book walks through Spiritual gifts, Heart (or passions), Abilities, Personality, and Experience, with assessments along the way, to help you discover how God has shaped you. Or as the subtitle says, “Finding and Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life.”
*These questions came from Tom Nelson’s book Work Matters.
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