November 16, 2021 Prayer Domain Newsletter: An Invitation to Attend the Purpose Workshop 1

An Invitation to Attend the Purpose Workshop

November 16, 2021
Greetings Pray-ers,

On December 14th, 4Tucson will be offering the Purpose Workshop. I’ve noticed “finding purpose” is a popular subject within Christian and secular society. Perhaps it is because we’ve spent the last year and a half isolated from one another. Perhaps we’ve spent a lot of time analyzing our lives or wondering if there’s more God wants for us. Or perhaps we now recognize the truth of God’s words: "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer. 29:11. Regrettably, the Lord doesn’t tell us straight out what those plans are.

I want to share a bit of my story. Before the Purpose Workshop was developed, the 4Tucson staff studied StrengthsFinder 2.0 put out by Gallup. This is a secular tool that helps the participant discover his/her strengths. A similar tool is used in our Purpose Workshop. I wish I could tell you that I embraced this opportunity with open arms and an open spirit, and that I was willing to receive whatever the Lord wanted to show me through this experience. It was just the opposite. I went “kicking and screaming”. Well, not really but my point is – I did not want to do it. Now, before you think I am expressing hyperbole to state my case, I can give you at least a half dozen names of real people who heard me complain.

I will by-pass my “melodramatic behavior” and share the end results. I learned that my top 5 strengths were: intellection (not to be confused with intelligence), responsibility, empathy, connectedness and input. My initial response was, “That’s nice!” But, then I was challenged to consider how these strengths showed up in my life. Now, intellection is simply a fancy way of saying “thinker”. So this challenge was easy for me. How have these strengths been used in my life?

Before moving to Tucson, I was a church administrator. When I hired on I was told that I was to take a leadership role in guiding the church into a building program to finish out the absolutely void of anything, 40,000 sf 2nd floor. I laughed – that will never happen! I felt a bit like Sarah, who laughed when she heard that should would have a son. Check out Genesis 18:1-15 for that story. After a year in this new position, the Lord showed me I was indeed to help lead the church into a building program. My strengths, which I didn’t realize at the time I had, had come into play as follows:

1. Intellection – I found myself thinking, praying, processing, planning & projecting on a project I had never done before.
2. Responsibility – I recognized the importance of my role and felt a strong responsibility of integrity dealing with everything from “soup to nuts”.
3. Empathy – I was able to handle the plethora of issues from people to money to construction with understanding and compassion even in the midst of disagreements.
4. Connectedness – I was able to not only communicate the vision but also to begin the fundraising while in the midst of a recession.
5. Input – “Suddenly” I was interested in light fixtures, door handles, toilets, paint, electricity for the kitchens, moveable walls, etc. I found myself able to talk the same language as the contractors.

Now, some of you may be saying or at least thinking that this was the Lord working in my life and His watchful favor over our church. You are absolutely correct. And I do NOT want you to think that I was this over-the-top perfect person, because I wasn’t. I did have my issues. However, in reflecting on this aforementioned challenge, I saw how the Lord used the uniqueness of how He created me, and my strengths, to accomplish this task. Who knew!!!!

This is only a snippet of my tale; but, I do want to encourage you to consider taking this workshop. You will not only learn about strengths but also about your spiritual gifts, temperament and even core values. It is a sacrifice of 4 hours but I believe you will find it beneficial. Most of us have taken spiritual gift and temperament tests at one time or another. But, to be able to see how everything ties together in one setting could prove invaluable in your walk with the Lord. It may even give you insights as to what direction the Lord is leading you into. Too often we don’t see how wonderfully created we truly are. Please consider signing up for the December 14 Purpose Workshop. The link is below.

This is the last opportunity to take a few minutes to share your thoughts on the questions below. Your feedback is and will be most helpful. Many thanks to those who’ve already responded.

1. What topics would you like to see discussed in the Prayer Domain newsletter?
2. In 2022, what would you like to see the 4Tucson Prayer Domain do; lead out in; accomplish; or participate in?

Blessings & Shalom,

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