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so what's the best approach to discovering these stories...How do we know what people are saying?

Do we hope that they eventually get back to us?

Do we seek out trusted friends for honest opinions?

Do we install wiretaps in all our friend's home in the name of personal growth?

(I'm leaning toward the latter.)

Good stuff!


this post is ironic, because everything you just described I have done. Made websites, designed mailers, and even taught...and i don't know my sweet spot.

I guess i need to go back and listen to others better.


I'm egotistic enough to think you are reading MY mail, but I know MOST people live exactly as you describe. I think that is why we are so taken when we meet people living in their sweet is such a rare thing, it captivates us.
Reading your blog over the past few years has helped me find mine. I have a ways to go until I get "there" goal-wise, but I have never felt more free than I do now. "Owning" your gifts, your strengths, even your weaknesses is liberating...knowing who you were made to be and working to be the best at who you are is a great ride...and when you realize you have those gifts for HIS glory, no matter where you find yourself...all the better.
Thanks for living in YOUR sweet spot. You inspire me.

I always hear "I love how you write" I'd sure love to get paid to do it.

Carole, does anyone know you offer this service and what kind of writing you do?

This post is good stuff. Thanks.

Bryan brings up some great questions -- might be helpful for a follow up post to address it. Not trying to tell you what to write but Bryan does bring up some good issues that would be helpful to hear some thoughts on.

when I was at RCC, I took the radical approach of asking 5 local pastors to interview our congregation. This was a frightening scenario, but it resulted in two really good things...

1. I learned how much my congregation loved me.

2. It helped me see how they viewed my gifts... and what they wanted from me.

When I learned that they wanted me to be more pastoral, more shepherding, I realized I couldn't give this to them. It resulted in me handing over leadership to one of the best shepherds I know

Ben, I write a lot of stories that Dino uses during sermons and I helped with proofing his book Servolution, I also maintain the blog, news and information for the BRDC web pages on the HPC site. So many people at my church know I write and they always compliment me on it.

I worked for an outreach program to homeless and at-risk youth until the grant ended just recently so I am now looking for a job that better suites my gifts and talents. I am also writing my life story titled "Finger Nail Droppings". Here is the link to my Resume and the Introduction to my book.

Carole, it's possible that people have no clue you do this for others.

Sometimes you have to make it clear, like Jen did:

i'm in a season of more critically needing to know the stories others are telling about me.... i need to seemingly very quickly get a grasp on what i'm actually good at (or at least what the perception is about what i'm good at) so i can bring some clarity and focus to the floundering around process that lies ahead of me.

not really sure how to do that...

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