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People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.
Elijah the Prophet.
The prophet Elijah urged the people of ancient Israel to turn from their sin and return to the true God. He is best known as a man of prayer. James uses Elijah as an example of prayer in James 5:16 "Then pray for each other. Do this so that God can heal you. Anyone who lives the way God wants can pray, and great things will happen.17 Elijah was a person just like us. He prayed that it would not rain. And it did not rain on the land for three and a half years!"
Elijah had such intense Belief that he boldly went into the wicket King Ahab's palace and pronounced judgement that it would not rain until he gave the word! And it doesn't rain for 3 1/2 years!
Elijah's Belief allowed him to be a bold, direct-to-the-point prophet of God. And by speaking prophecies of God- he made fierce enemies!
Hie greatest miracle involved a contest with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah on Mount Carmel. Elijah called on God and God sent fire to swallow up the sacrifice he prepared.
History always repeats itself. We still have our "Ahabs" and "Jezebels." Our culture has its idolatry...though more subtle than in Elijah's day.
And we still need men and women of God to boldly declare God's message of hope to a dying world. We need men and women of strong Belief to pray!
Belief is not restricted to religious values. It can be political and patriotic. But is is STRONG! Belief is about a cause or purpose that is near and dear to the heart of someone. Values, like an ice berg, have a hidden part that is invisible to others, but gives stability and purpose.
My husband has Belief in his Top 5. As I was sketching this theme, I could see him so strongly in the words.
Don't be side-tracked by Belief. It can be viewed too narrowly, as "just a value". But that passion and certainty is unchanging and therefore gives a reliability and dependability to this person.
At it's best, it's what people stand for. At is worst, it can be what people stand against.
In a child, it can be seen as constantly wanting to do the "right" thing, and wanting to know the purpose of actions and activities. They are beginning to align their values to what they are doing and volunteering for. As a parent, give them opportunities to engage in activities that feed that belief.
Here's a tip I heard from Jim Collison on the Theme Thursday call: If you forget what your Top 5 themes of talent are, take a screen shot of them and use it as your lock screen on your phone! Every time you check your phone, you will be reminded of your God-given talents! :) (Since the average person checks their phone 63 times a day, you won't ever forget them again!)