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Life’s Sweet Spot

 

Life has “sweet spots”. It’s a term that athletes are familiar with— especially those who play tennis, baseball, or golf. A sweet spot is a location where a combination of dynamics results in a maximum response for a given amount of effort, resulting in optimal output. You have a sweet spot, a God-zone, a territory, a spiritual state of flow. When you are in it you have a heightened sense of God’s presence and favor moving you along almost effortlessly.

 Your sweet spot is what makes you different, special and set apart. Your sweet spot is based on your SHAPE (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experience).

As author Bill George wrote in True North, “Your sweet spot is where what you are good at intersects with what you like to do. It is somewhere between your motivations which includes both intrinsic and extrinsic motivations and your capabilities your strengths and weaknesses.”

Our sweet spot in life is the exact location where we play to our strengths as opposed to “fixing” our weaknesses. Finding your own “sweet spot” is essential to reaching your full potential. All high achievers have weaknesses. Take for example: Moses, David and Peter, they all had real shortcomings yet they all found their sweet spot in life and thereby left their permanent mark. Moses found his sweet spot by kissing his life of luxury and pleasure good-bye. “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin…” (Hebrews 11:25). You could say Moses left the corporate life for a life of greater purpose. He chose a life of higher risk with even higher rewards. He found his calling which aligned his SHAPE around God’s purpose for his life. 

In my own life, I discovered my sweet spot. Thirty years ago, I learned that I had a gift to communicate God’s Word to others. Long before I ever received financial compensation, I used my gift whenever, wherever and to whomever I could, until eventually, I ended up at Trinity. When you find your sweet spot, beware of three things:

Learn to say no. You can’t do all and be all for others. Keep your focus on the great; not the good.

Don’t be a copycat. One man’s plan is another man’s poison.

Be realistic that you can’t do all things exceptionally well. Stick to your strengths and so leverage your weaknesses.

Just a thought,

Carl

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