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Personal Asset Mapping for Kingdom Development

January 13, 2019

During the seven years I worked for the local United Way, I learned a great deal about community and neighborhood development. One of the most important lessons I learned was about “Asset Mapping.” Asset Mapping is a tool that relies on a core belief of asset-based community development; namely, that good things exist in communities and that those things can be highlighted and encouraged — these are assets suited to advancing those communities.

Said slightly differently, Asset Mapping assumes that before any outside entity arrives to “save the day” those individuals and families already have valuable assets that can be useful in solving the problems they face and building a better, stronger neighborhood or community. These assets need to be identified, valued, and put into useful service.

Here at the beginning of a new year, it’s important that we do some personal asset mapping. By that I mean taking a personal inventory of what you already possess that can be useful in solving your problems, overcoming your challenges, and contributing to the well being of others.

It’s easy to undervalue or even dismiss completely those things which you already possess. Now, I’m not picking on you, for you’re not the only one and far from the first to feel that way.

I recall reading of Moses in the Old Testament. When he was facing the Red Sea in front of him and Pharaoh’s fast approaching army behind him, he felt like he was in a “no win” situation.

But just then God asks him a question, “What’s that in your hand?” Moses may have felt like answering, “This old thing? I know you’re not talking about this old staff that I’ve had for 40 years!”

But that was exactly what God was talking about. With a bit of direction from God and the backing of Holy Spirit, Moses used that which he already possessed and saved a nation!

I don’t know if God is calling you to save a nation, but I do believe that He is issuing a clarion call to you that it is time to take a personal inventory and that you shouldn’t be shy about valuing what He has gifted you to be and do.

So go ahead in the next few days and take an inventory … a personal inventory.  Do a little internal asset mapping.  Allow Holy Spirit to reveal to you everything that God had given you already, and the strengths and skills you already possess! He has a tremendous work for you to do, but you’ll need to know and understand that He has given you tools already and NOW is the time to use them. After all, we’re not just developing a neighborhood. We’re working on a Kingdom!