Happy Monday, friends! Today we have a guest post from Abby Bell, one of the beautiful souls who is part of Ecclesia. Abby is about to start her final year at Durham College, where she's studying Public Relations, and she is especially passionate about how social media and online communication affects our culture and relationships. PLUS, she's a musician, has a great eye for photography, and loves dogs - which makes her pretty cool in my book. She has a fantastic blog of her own, but today she took the time to share some of her heart and her experience on the Ecclesia team. So - a big thanks to Abby, and enjoy her words below:
My name is Abby and I’m a part of the core team at Ecclesia church and I’m excited to share what’s been on my heart and I hope it resonates with you!
First of all, I want to remind you that you were created exactly the way you are supposed to be. I know I can sometimes get wrapped up in the things I’m not good at and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. I think we all long for a sense of belonging, but sometimes insecurities can prevent us from allowing ourselves to feel that way. Good news though: we all have a place in God’s kingdom. The way we think, communicate, create, plan, process and feel things are all unique to who he created us to be. The gifts that were given to us are what he wants us to use to bring glory to him, whatever that looks like.
However, some gifts and talents can seem to be more important than others, especially in a church setting. Often we compare our gifts and short-circuit ourselves because we feel that they aren’t good enough, let alone see the value of them being used in our churches. The truth is, as Christ-followers, we need to allow God to show us how to value our personalities and gifts and see them as what makes us an asset in our churches and being in our communities.
Our first 8 weeks as a core team we met, did a study together and got to know one another, God really showed me how every single person belongs in a church community and that we all have something to offer to make that community stronger.
Jana had us take Strengths Finder as a core team. Strengths Finder is test that you can take that will identify and describe your top 5 strengths. We did this so that we could get to know not only the group’s strengths, but also get to know ourselves. I love personality tests a lot, (especially Myers-Briggs) so of course I was excited to see what Strengths Finder thought my strengths are. To sum up my top 5 strengths, according to the test: (Ideation, Input, Communication, Positivity, and Woo) I’m creative, a people-person, positive, full of ideas, and a good communicator, but not very good at the whole logic thing. Logic and strategic thinking are very important, luckily those are strengths that other members of the Ecclesia team have, thank goodness! We saw that our individual strengths are complimentary as a team, it was like we were meant to be! Our strengths that God specifically created us to have are going to bring out the best in each other, and I believe is what will help shape Ecclesia into the community God wants it to be.
Guess what we can get excited about? We all belong in community together; strengths, weaknesses, the whole 9 yards!
In Romans 12: 4-5, Paul compares a group of Chris-followers/ the church as a human body: “4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” (NLT)
Every single person who steps into a church has something to offer. When I struggle with who I am, I turn to Christ to show me that my gifts and strengths are valuable. Also, my weaknesses can also be brought to him as well.
Whether we have known about our gifts all of our lives or are just figuring them out now, it’s about the journey, not the destination, right?
Thank you for reading!
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Until next time and God bless,