i deeply love and admire dorothy day. i want to be just like her when i grow up. i read and reread in my own words and i get more out of it every time i do. she was radical christian anarchist, she was in love the God, she lived and breathed for the poor and cast off in society. i am not catholic and i do not really believe in their variety of saints but if ever i did, dorothy day would be the one i would believe in.
i took a lengthy spiritual gifts test a few days ago. our church is going through what is similar to an alpha course, sort of defining what our church (which is only a mere 3-4 years old) believes in and also what makes us separate and connected to other churches, etc. in the course everybody takes this test to sort of give personal insight into what our spiritual strengths are and how we can use them for the Kingdom and also what sort of pitfalls come along with those giftings.
my 5 primary gifts are:
so "voluntary poverty" seems a little obvious if you've read along for any length of time. that was of no real surprise that it was on the top of the list. this is not the same as "giving" though they are certainly going to be related probably. "suffering" seems like such a bad word but really it means that when enduring hard times i can still maintain a hope and joy about life. once i read that i was much less surprised to see it on my list because i'm pretty upbeat. "mercy" is kind of just as it sounds, basically i have a heart for those on the fringe of society and act that out by loving actions. this is different than the gift of "service" though i have that too. ok so then "hospitality" seems sort of straight forward, i like having people over and making them comfortable. also "giving" i dont think i need to go into much detail about, i really love giving things, money, time, etc. away. also if you've read along for awhile you'll know i occasionally have prophetic dreams. that one continues to baffle, inspire, and humble me because it just seems like such proof of God! i can't explain it, but that i guess is the mystery. "deliverance" means authority over demonic spirits. i mean we all have that (heck we all have all of these to varying degrees) but apparently i am gifted in situations of exorcism. i think this closely ties with my other gift - not listed though closely ranked of "discernment" which is the gift of being able to sort of see through people's actions, and in such cases perhaps a demonic influence is happening.
im trying to encourage david to take the test, i think on at least one occasion he has said he doesnt feel that he has many strong gifts. which im scoffing at of course! david im sure has the gift of craftsmanship and service. he would drop everything to help a friend (or stranger) move or build something, etc.
if you know your gifts, what do you have?
i can clarify some definitions if need be but here are those listed in the book: