You are significant. You can add value every place you go. You don’t have to become someone else. God made you with your personality and giftings.
The point where you meet the world is unique to you. It is a point that only you can fill.
Here is a simple way to think about how you meet your world:
Your DNA interacts with your communities’ DNA. Because this interaction is unique, it adds value.
So, what is your DNA?
Design - what were you designed to do? What are your natural giftings? Are you a developer, a planner, or a do-er?
Nature - how do you relate to people? Are you an introvert, and extrovert? Do you work best in groups or one-on-one?
Advantage – What is it about your situation in life that stands out? What angle do you approach life from? This could be the color of your skin, your socio-economic background, your joys or pains in life. Your advantage or angle gives you a special perspective and lens through which you can come alongside others and add value. If you’ve accepted Christ into your life, part of your DNA involves the person of Christ. His perspective and power are part of your conversation and add multiple dimensions to who you are.
Now that you know who you are, you need to focus on the community that you will be interacting with. This might be your home environment, or it could be your work environment. Where do you spend the most time and have the most potential to develop relationships? For each person, it will be different. Many people find that they can be part of two communities, but for the purposes of this discussion, we are focusing on one community at a time.
What is your community’s DNA?
Demographics – who are the people in your community? What are they like? How do people show they care?
Needs – what are the needs in your community? How (and are) they being met?
Assemblage – where do people gather? How do people gather? What are the normal, acceptable modes of participation in the “group speak”?
As you work out these two lines of DNA, you will begin to see how they intersect. Your perspective and advantages and giftings intersecting with the perspective, needs and personality of the community.
You were put in this community for a purpose. What does God want to do there? Figuring that out is a post for tomorrow.
You have a purpose, and you’ve been put in a place. God will help you fulfill what you were designed to do.