“Your soulprint . . .[is] the truest thing about you. It’s your God-ordained passion, your God-given gifts, and your God-sized dreams. It’s the potential that can be tapped only in a relationship with the One who gave it to you in the first place.”- Mark Batterson
As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 9 of Whisper, he discusses the fourth quadrant of the Johari window.
4. The unknown quadrant. This final quadrant consists of things you don’t know about you as well as thing others don’t know about you (emphasis author’s). As your soulprint and thus the truest thing about you, you need to seek God in order to discover your true self. While Jesus knows our sinful nature, He also sees our potential. And He treats us accordingly. Although we write people off, Jesus writes people in.
In conclusion, Pastor Batterson presents five ground rules for the fifth love language. Because this language involves people, it’s complicated and subject to misinterpretation:
- No one is above rebuke. Mark encourages you to give someone you trust permission to speak truth into your life. And listen very carefully when that person says something you don’t want to hear.
- Don’t let an arrow of criticism pierce your heart unless it first passes through the filter of Scripture. As Mark astutely observes: “If you live off compliments, you’ll probably die by criticisms.” So, if something fails the Scriptural filter test, throw it out. But if it passes the test, repent.
- Think long and hard before you dish out advice. The primary reason we fail to hear what others have to say occurs because we’re already formulating our response while they’re talking.
- Always encourage before you correct. That’s the pattern found in the book of Revelation. So, Mark advises, if you’re going to err on one side or the other, make sure you err on the side of positivity.
- Conversations get tougher the longer you wait. Don’t say something just to get if off your chest. It’ll backfire. Grace and truth fill genuine relationships.
Today’s question: Have you identified your soulprint? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “An internal clock that perceives God’s promptings”