input.

21 Jun
I’d like yours.

When I first started working at Trinity in Stillwater, I took the Clifton Strengths Finder strengths inventory.  I loved the focus that this congregation placed on peoples’ unique designs and each person’s given strengths; it has formed and shaped me and my theology since.  This inventory gives you the top five themes that come out as you answer questions.  One of mine, in addition to developer and learner and two more I can’t recall at this specific moment, is input.  I’ve never quite known what to do with this signature theme.  What does it even mean?

According to the Strengths Finder book –

So I’m a pack rat and that’s okay.  It’s part of my created being.  Can this be my excuse to keep these?

My dad collected matchbooks.  Not like actively [he belonged to no club and subscribed to no magazines] but as he went about, he’d grab a matchbook and keep them all together.  My mom wants to put them on the auction.  I told her I want them.  Her response?  “And what would you do with those?”  
I don’t know.  But I want them.  I think they’re interesting.  Who knows when they might become useful?  I feel like the possibilities could – quite possibly – be endless.  I have a few projects tucked away, but any ideas for me?  How do I convince my mom that I want a rubbermaid bin filled with old  matchbooks and that it’s a good idea?
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2 Responses to “input.”

  1. Nathan June 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    I would say keep them. They could pose quite helpful and interesting. If anything it is a connection to your dad and can remind you of all the places that he has gone and been a part of. On the notion of your Strength Finders being formative part of your theology. That would be an interesting blog post in and of itself. Good luck convincing your mom. 🙂

  2. cassination June 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    You could make a "coffee table" or something like the bar top I saw at the the lowbrow (with glass covering baseball cards from the 70/80's! or even arrange them in a bit frame & make it wall art.

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