Strengths / Weaknesses
Two months ago I started listing some of the lessons I’ve learned from the Amazing Race. The first lesson was, “Nobody is Good at Everything.” There have been some pretty amazing participants on the Amazing Race; Ph.Ds, Scholars, Doctors, Nurses, Military, Moms, Dads, grandparents, pastors, musicians and even a couple of homeless dancers. The diversity of the participants is impressive.
Some individuals were more talented than others. They were strong, smart, and able to do challenges quickly. However, even the best of the racers, at some point, would run into trouble and struggle because no one is good at everything. We all have strengths. We all have weaknesses.
The best teams were the ones who were able to match their skills and strengths with the task at hand. Sometimes teams weren’t’ able to do this because the task’s description (called Roadblocks on the Amazing Race) was vague, making it hard to know exactly what skills were needed. If the team was able to match the task with the strengths of the right teammate, that team would finish the task quickly and be able to continue the race.
We are A Team
As a community of faith, God has gathered us together like a team. The Apostle Paul referred to the community of faith as the body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12). He writes that just like a body, there are different parts of the Body of Christ. He observes that a body has two eyes, a nose, a mouth, and other parts. The body is not just one big mouth (even though sometimes it might seem that way) or a single foot.
God, in his wisdom, has created us with different body parts for different tasks. Paul tells us that the foot can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The hand can’t say to the foot, “You aren’t important.” The body needs different parts to fulfill the task. Each part has strengths. Each part has weaknesses. Together, the parts form a great effective team.
Great teams understand the strengths and weaknesses of the individual players. Great teams understand that they need each other. While we might focus on a basketball point guard, a football quarterback, or a soccer forward, individuals can’t succeed without the other players. On a team, the players need each other. On a team, everyone is important.
We need each other too. Nobody is good at everything but everyone has something to offer. Paul writes that God, through the Holy Spirit, gives us spiritual gifts. Some may be tempted to say that one gift is better than another, but Paul says that isn’t the case. There are no unimportant gifts.
God has assembled the parts so that we might be able to fulfill his mission.
Since no one is good at everything but everyone is good at something, our task is to come together, allowing God to assemble us as he desires. Some of us are good at connecting with people, some are good at teaching, at speaking, praying, or seeing needs and jumping in to help.
Since no one is good at everything and everyone is good at something, we need each other. The part you play is an important one. Without you, we will never be able to fulfill God’s mission.
Playing Your Part
So, what is your next step? What are you good at? Do you know? If not, perhaps your next step is to discover your gifts and passions. If you are ready to take that step, let me know. I’d love to help!
Perhaps you know what your gifts are and what you are good at. Perhaps your next step is to find a place, jump in, and help the other teammates fulfill God’s mission!