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Want2get on? is a unique career coaching service that offers 1:1 support for those whowant to draw upon their Christian fa...
2Insight into personality insight into callingThe Bible (Hebrews 13:21) makes it clear that God has given us everything we...
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Your God-given personality

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In this article we’ll continue with the theme of how God can guide us in regard to our future jobs and career. We can gain a fairly accurate picture of what God is calling us to do by taking a good look at who we are - what kind of personality we have.

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Your God-given personality

  1. 1. Want2get on? is a unique career coaching service that offers 1:1 support for those whowant to draw upon their Christian faith and apply it in a practical way to their job situation.www.want2geton.co.ukYour God-given pIn this article we’ll continue wijobs and career. We can gain a fairly accurate picture of whattaking a good look at who we areGod gives us personality traits fitted to our callingWe only need to look at the wodiversity. Not only do our abilities differ radicapossesses different personality traits. Some of us are outgoing and spontaneous and like tolive high energy, fast-paced lives, whilst at the other end of the spectrum are people whoare more reserved and prefer to live more structured, slowerPeople can also be task-orientated, where outcomes and results are important or, at theopposite end, people-orientated, and are warm, relaxed and live by their feelings. Most of usare a mixture of all four of the above.1 Corinthians 12:11 All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds ofpeople! (When we find a job that suits our abilities and personality we will have a sense of peace oršālôm. The reason for this is that when we work according to our ability and personality weare also working according to the design that God set for our lives.Want2get on? is a unique career coaching service that offers 1:1 support for those whowant to draw upon their Christian faith and apply it in a practical way to their job situation.Tel: 07503 177126 charles@want2geton.co.ukpersonality!ith the theme of how God can guide us in regard tojobs and career. We can gain a fairly accurate picture of what Godking a good look at who we are - what kind of personality we have.God gives us personality traits fitted to our callingWe only need to look at the world in all its huge variety to know that God delights indiversity. Not only do our abilities differ radically but so do our personalitiespossesses different personality traits. Some of us are outgoing and spontaneous and like topaced lives, whilst at the other end of the spectrum are people whoare more reserved and prefer to live more structured, slower-paced lives.orientated, where outcomes and results are important or, at theorientated, and are warm, relaxed and live by their feelings. Most of usare a mixture of all four of the above.All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds ofpeople! (The Message)When we find a job that suits our abilities and personality we will have a sense of peace orôm. The reason for this is that when we work according to our ability and personality weare also working according to the design that God set for our lives.1Want2get on? is a unique career coaching service that offers 1:1 support for those whowant to draw upon their Christian faith and apply it in a practical way to their job situation.charles@want2geton.co.ukguide us in regard to our futureis calling us to do byrld in all its huge variety to know that God delights inlly but so do our personalities - each of uspossesses different personality traits. Some of us are outgoing and spontaneous and like topaced lives, whilst at the other end of the spectrum are people whopaced lives.orientated, where outcomes and results are important or, at theorientated, and are warm, relaxed and live by their feelings. Most of usAll kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds ofWhen we find a job that suits our abilities and personality we will have a sense of peace orôm. The reason for this is that when we work according to our ability and personality we
  2. 2. 2Insight into personality insight into callingThe Bible (Hebrews 13:21) makes it clear that God has given us everything we need toperform His will. If we’re able to discover what sort of personality we have, then this will giveus some idea about what God wants us to do for a living.An assessment of your personality will not only benefit those of you seeking life direction butalso those who need confirmation that a desire to do something is actually fixed in reality,i.e. will you be able to do the job? When you know ‘how you tick’ and also know thebehavioural requirements for certain jobs you will hopefully begin to make some matches.For example, an operator in a nuclear power station is legally obliged to adhere to setprocedures, and the personality required for this job will be poles apart from that needed bysomeone working in PR or marketing, which requires innovation and creativity. If you enjoyinnovating, you may well find it frustrating to work as an operator in a nuclear power stationwhere you would have to keep within the strict confines of many legal rules and regulations!Paul – cut out for the job!Paul the Evangelist is a great example of someone whose calling matched his abilities andpersonality. God’s plan for Paul always involved his conversion on the road to Damascus,and he ensured that Paul came equipped with the necessary personality, skill set andexperience to take the Gospel to the Gentile world. If we allow God to mould us, similar toPaul, he will also prepare us so that we have what it takes to perform his will. Here is a listof some of Paul’s attributes that enabled him to be so effective in his ministry:• Assertive – able to tell those in charge when they were in the wrong (Galatians 2:11)• Adaptable – content in both times of plenty and want (Philippians 4:12)• Observant and creative – use of the unknown god (Acts 17:23)• Energetic and bold – initially against the early church, but later used to excellent effect tospread the Gospel (Philippians 3:6)• Determined – disregarding his violent past, he concentrated solely on completing God’splans for his future (Philippians 3:13)• Focussed – would not let others stop him from going to Jerusalem (Acts 21:14)• Dual citizenship – this enabled him to approach Jews, Romans and Gentiles(1 Corinthians 9:19-23)• Highly qualified – he received excellent legal and theological training (Acts 22:3)• Insight – Paul’s knowledge of God was so deep that he even confused Peter!(2 Peter 3:16)Personality profilingEven though our calling might be different to Paul’s, God has given each of us distinctabilities and personalities to perform a particular task. Our challenge is to accept the waythat he has made us and to run with the qualities we have been given.
  3. 3. 3Personality profiling, or sometimes referred to as psychometric testing, is a means ofmeasuring an individual’s personality or behaviour, and provides a snapshot view ofbehaviour that comes subconsciously to most people. It is also frequently used in the jobinterview process, but can equally be a used in our gaining an understanding of what sort ofpersonalities we have.There are any number of personality profiling tests that you can take, such as Morrisby andMyers-Briggs®, but many can cost upwards of £300 for a full report. However, here aresome useful websites that offer some very affordable (or free) personality profiling services:• http://www.peoplemaps.com• http://www.myskillsprofile.com• www.teamtechnology.co.uk• http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/careers/• http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/personality/index.shtmlWant2get on? is a unique career coaching service that offers 1:1 support for those whowant to draw upon their Christian faith and apply it in a practical way to their job situation.www.want2geton.co.uk Tel: 07503 177126 charles@want2geton.co.uk

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