Chapter 8: Two Feet Don’t Make A Hand
In this chapter, I mentioned that I would direct you to a few free online spiritual gifts tests. Below are three that I’m sharing with some brief descriptions. These can be helpful if you’re just curious to see what areas you tend to score highest in. However, these free online tests are not ideal if you’re really looking to dig into the gifts that God has given you – they simply don’t go deep enough and without proper guidance, can leave you somewhat confused by the results.
I’d like to introduce you to my good friend, Julie, who I’ve known for a few years. Julie started the Know You Project because she has a heart for helping people discover the unique way that God created them. Through her organization, she offers personal and professional assessments in areas of personality, spiritual gifts, career-focused interests/abilities, passions and life experiences. Each one of these assessments is backed by long-standing research from top analysts. The best part is that when Julie gives you the assessment for whatever area you’ve chosen, she offers a personal consultation (via email, in-person, phone or skype) to walk you through your results. Julie is not only one of the most genuine and caring people I know, but she is highly trained and I trust her insight and advice. If you are interested in setting up a consultation with Julie, she can personalize an assessment package for you starting at $39.
You can spend that amount of money on a new gadget for your phone or a cool piece of clothing… but the results that you will get from taking one (or all) of these in-depth tests along with Julie’s counsel, can never be taken from you. If you’re struggling with what your college major or career path might be, how to handle a difficult relationship, or even what needs you are best wired to serve, there is nothing I would recommend more… besides prayer! To contact Julie and set up your own personalized assessment, visit www.knowyouproject.com/wakeupgeneration. I know with all of my heart that your vision will be made clearer and you will be blessed!
Online Spiritual Gift Tests:
Here are some Spiritual Gift tests for you to take that will give you a good start! I’d love for you to comment with your results if you feel like it! J
1. www.spiritualgiftstest.com/ I would recommend taking this one first. However, when you get your results, be careful not to click on any of the “definitions” until you have either written down or printed out your results… otherwise you’ll loose them and have to take the test over! Happened to me!
2. http://www.sdrock.com/giftstest/ This one only lists 7 of the spiritual gifts I mentioned. But, it’s good to take a few tests just to make sure your results are looking consistent.
3. http://buildingchurch.net/g2s-i.htm There are several more spiritual gifts included in this one than what I listed in the chapter, but there are different thoughts on this so feel free to see what you think.
Personality Preference Descriptions:
When you went through the personality exercise in this chapter, which letter combo did you end up with? Comment with your results if you feel like it! We’d love to hear!
The 16 MBTI® Types
Quiet, serious, earn success by thoroughness and dependability. Practical, matter-of-fact, realistic, and responsible. Decide logically what should be done and work toward it steadily, regardless of distractions. Take pleasure in making everything orderly and organized – their work, their home, their life. Value traditions and loyalty.
Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.
Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision.
Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others.
Tolerant and flexible, quiet observers until a problem appears, then act quickly to find workable solutions. Analyze what makes things work and readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of practical problems. Interested in cause and effect, organize facts using logical principles, value efficiency.
Quiet, friendly, sensitive, and kind. Enjoy the present moment, what’s going on around them. Like to have their own space and to work within their own time frame. Loyal and committed to their values and to people who are important to them. Dislike disagreements and conflicts, do not force their opinions or values on others.
Idealistic, loyal to their values and to people who are important to them. Want an external life that is congruent with their values. Curious, quick to see possibilities, can be catalysts for implementing ideas. Seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential. Adaptable, flexible, and accepting unless a value is threatened.
Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.
Flexible and tolerant, they take a pragmatic approach focused on immediate results. Theories and conceptual explanations bore them – they want to act energetically to solve the problem. Focus on the here-and-now, spontaneous, enjoy each moment that they can be active with others. Enjoy material comforts and style. Learn best through doing.
Outgoing, friendly, and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people, and material comforts. Enjoy working with others to make things happen. Bring common sense and a realistic approach to their work, and make work fun. Flexible and spontaneous, adapt readily to new people and environments. Learn best by trying a new skill with other people.
Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.
Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analyzing them strategically. Good at reading other people. Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another.
Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact. Decisive, quickly move to implement decisions. Organize projects and people to get things done, focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible. Take care of routine details. Have a clear set of logical standards, systematically follow them and want others to also. Forceful in implementing their plans.
Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.
Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.
Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.
Information from The Myers & Briggs Foundation’s website: http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/the-16-mbti-types.asp#ISTJ