I wish it dawned on me earlier. I wish I would've had the humility to take this seriously sooner. Unfortunately, I didn't. It was not a priority of mine to get better in this area of my life.
And I think it wasn't a priority because it was and is an area that I believe I do well in. It is an area of my life that I take a lot of pride in. Actually, it is probably the thing that others would say I'm best at. And therein lies the problem.
VERY RARELY DO WE CONSIDER STRENGTHENING OUR STRENGTHS.
I need to become a better preacher of God's Word. I need to become much better. More skilled. More proficient. More effective.
I need to interpret the text more deeply. I need to speak to the implications of the text more thoroughly. I need to apply the text more broadly. I need to do a better job of speaking both to the head, the heart, and the hands.
I need to read more books about preaching. I need to watch and listen to effective preachers preach. I need to solicit more constructive feedback for my preaching. I need to, once again, make effective preaching a study.
Plainly stated: I need to become a better preacher.
I need to do this because I am convinced (and so was Marcus Buckingham!):
WE HAVE THE GREATEST POTENTIAL TO GET BETTER IN THE THING WE DO BEST.
Or stated another way,
WE CAN GROW MOST EXPONENTIALLY IN THE AREA WHERE WE ARE GIFTED MOST SUPERNATURALLY.
Sure, there are certain weaknesses that deserve our attention. Yes, there are certain weaknesses in which we have to grow.
But, I think we are missing out on experiencing our full potential in our areas of gifting if we "coast." The embarrassing truth is, that because I have been gifted to preach and communicate, it is also the area that I have placed the least amount of energy and effort into developing. That's poor stewardship. That's not stewardship.
The parable of the talents was all about stewarding what you have been given. It wasn't about maximizing what you haven't been given. The person who had one talent wasn't responsible for multiplying five talents. He was responsible for multiplying one.
With that in mind, there are gifts that you and I have been given to steward. The question that we have to answer is, how are we maximizing and multiplying our gifts for the glory of God?
Grow your giftedness.
Strengthen your strengths.
Don't you want to see how much you can develop what God has divinely placed in your hands?
I know I do!