God’s Unique Design of You!
Personality assessments are tools to help you ask deeper questions. In addition, they can reveal growing abilities and how an ability can influence the way you live or work. Moreover, they can also be indicators of areas that need to be strengthened. Plus, reveal a pattern or way of thinking that you didn’t know showed up frequently in your life. Keep in mind, they are only one potential “revealer” of aspects of your personality. Many factors make up your behaviors, temperaments, preferences, personalities. And, yes – depending on which assessment you are using – only one of those qualities about you is being measured! Using an assessment is only one lens that you can look through to see who you are.
When you leave all the work up to an assessment, you may inadvertently limit your growth or belief that you can become and perform over and above what the assessment says about you at that time.
Too often I’ve heard people describe themselves as a number. Some may say “oh, I’m an 8 on the Enneagram.” Or they will make a snap assessment of someone they know and label them accordingly. A giant reality is being overlooked, which makes me cringe.
Your DNA Blueprint is a Rare Gem!
Each person is unique. He made it that way because it was important that no one had any other measure to explain who we are except for the Lord.
God can and will reveal more about you than any assessment can ever do. He has an incredible way of putting people in seemingly impossible places when looking at things from a natural perspective.
After being sold into slavery became the ruler of the land. Genesis 37-50.
Helped to deliver a people, after being widowed and going to a new land.
Led the children of Israel into the promised land, all the while having to be reminded to “be strong and of good courage”.
Overlooked by his family when it came time to anoint the next king.
If any of the leaders above had taken a personality assessment prior to being called by God in a specific way, then the assessment may have declared them incompetent to do what they did. It may have pegged Ruth’s loyal and kind nature as a weakness and advised her to never seek any position of leadership or do something that required deep embedded courage because she would most likely not succeed. It may have said of Joshua “you are a great number two, but it won’t go well for you if you are number one.” And of David, I can imagine that his assessment may have affirmed that he was perfect to lead…lions, tigers and bears!
We are Unique like Snowflakes!
We are not limited to a set of letters or numbers – thank God! There are no two people alike – just as every snowflake that falls from the sky!
I thank God, that the moment you became His child, no other measure mattered! If He called you to be a leader and you showed absolutely no signs of having the aptitude, access, temperament or any other advantage, you could still do great exploits just on God’s calling and equipping alone!
I want you to hear my heart here – there is a bigger and higher (or I will say highest) authority over your life. One so big that He can take you from prison to the palace, from the second man to the courageous leader, from one who has an idea for a business to one who leads a world impacting organization.
This is the power of God to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask or think. God can CREATE the temperament that’s needed in you to fulfill what He has called you to do! And, what you are willing to do. I’ve met many leaders, who placed their faith and trust in God’s perspective of themselves and went far beyond where they thought they could go and did what they never thought possible.
Personality assessments have a purpose. They have helped many gain clarity or clues about how they show up in the world. I’ve used them. I’m not against them, but I would be remiss if I didn’t call to your attention that they are not the final word on who you are.
Your Unique Name
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone inscribed with a new name, known only to the one who receives it.” Revelation 2:17
This is your unique name. No one knows it but the Father. This truth needs to take precedent over any name or way you describe yourself on this earth. That’s the only label we can take absolute comfort in, because within the name the Lord has given you lies EVERYTHING you need, period. If God has called you to lead, it’s in the ability He supplies for you to do so. If He positions you in a place you never thought you would be, it can be His calling on your life to do so.
Julie may have more disappointments if she is looking outside of Jesus to give her permission to be who she really. Personality assessments may look like a quick fix for identity. However, only God can answer this question. Use personality assessments as one aspect of describing who you are while remembering that there are many aspects of your life, including your upbringing, education, experiences and free-will that influence how you will lead or show up in the world. In the end, may this passage help anchor your identity:
“I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Psalm 121 1-2
Finally, you need to be very, very convinced of who you are. Know your value, worth and unique design.