by Jason Cruise
A few weeks back I was walking through an airport and saw this sign with a quote from Albert Einstein. All I could say was "amen." "Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live it's whole life believing that it was stupid". Albert Einstein.
For the first many years of my ministry I operated under the grand illusion that a leader must be well-rounded. Such an approach to life and career is not only toxically stressful, it's not even biblical. You see, God never made you to be good at everything. That's why as followers we are called a "body" of Christ.
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12
God made you with a specific gift-mix, a specific mentality, and a specific personality to help you maximize the "you" He intended you to be. Act outside of that, and you actually frustrate the very reasons you were created. Many men are obsessed with fear of failure, and thus focus only improving their weaknesses. Like Einstein's fish, such a creature would spend a well-gifted life in the rut of depression and ineffectiveness if it only focused on what it couldn't do; when that which it couldn't do, it was never intended to do in the first place!
The path to discovering why God created you begins with asking. Ask Him to reveal your calling, and then, brother, measure yourself by your obedience to that calling, not by the distraction of that to which you were never called.