Admiral Stockdale took a lot of grief years ago when during the vice-presidential debate he famously asked, “Who am I? And why am I here?”  While the ‘deer in the headlights’ look, probably didn’t help him that night, his question always stuck with me.  Who am I?  Why am I here?

Growing up I was always described as shy and was constantly being encouraged to be more outgoing.  When I first started in campus ministry, the model we were given to raise financial support was opening up the yellow pages & cold calling people.  I don’t even like talking on the phone…now I’m going to call complete strangers & ask for money?  Yeah, I don’t think so.

Even as I was preparing to plant the church here in Ithaca, every church planting model I saw was the outgoing guy who went into every coffee shop and every grocery store, walked up to complete strangers and invited them to their church.

It felt like in every aspect of life I just didn’t fit…there was something wrong with me.  But around the same time I took a Myers-Briggs for the first time, got my results (INTJ), read through them and I was fascinated.  Now let me explain, I understand that there are limitations to all these self assesment type of tests, but for the first time that I could remember, I had a way of understanding how God had wired me.

Ever since then I’ve loved going through those type of assessments.  My favorite since then has been Strengthfinders (from Gallup).