Strengths: A Collection from the MM Team

(Photo by Selma Komisky)

Strengths: A Collection from the MM Team

By MM Team

QUESTION: What is One of Your Strengths and Why Do You Appreciate it?


“I am a definite dreamer. Some say it’s a weakness or even naïve, but I would agree to disagree. You see Joseph in the Bible and his dreams allowed him to persevere, become a king, and lead a nation for good. Dreaming is a characteristic from God that enables me to go further than I’ve gone before, overcome adversity, and go to new lengths with God. It’s something that is a strength because it takes courage. Not everyone will get my dreams. I will have many naysayers but dreaming will continue to produce growth in me and allow me to see what others maybe cannot see. It’s allowed me to experience the joy of knowing anything is possible with God and to go on the types of adventures my heart has longed for.”

– Sarah Komisky

“One strength I have is that I am determined. I truly believe that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. However, I learned that even though I have the ability to accomplish any task with hard work, that does not mean it will come quickly. I have thus learned that it is okay to fail, because you never really fail, you simply learn from what you did not do right and find ways to improve yourself. Understanding this is critical if I am to stay determined and accomplish what I put my mind to. I appreciate that I am able to use my determination to accomplish new tasks in life.”

– Natalie Baugh

“One strength about me is my stubbornness. I strive to not give up. It was something I felt was looked down upon in my younger years, but when I saw the call of God upon my life to live in hard places far away from all that was familiar, I quickly learned that my stubbornness is what gives me the strength to not run home when times get hard. My strength to not give up has sustained me through various challenges on the mission field to 3rd world countries, and for that I thank my Maker.”

– Michelle Ochen

“Many people say my smile is a strength. I work at a cafe on campus and several customers have told me my smile brightens their day. It’s a blessing!”

– Jenna Kubiak 

“I think my strength is encouragement. God’s given me the view of life through the “glass half full” so to speak. My hope is in Him. God’s purposes always are for the GOOD. I try to encourage people to see the good. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, ‘Praise be to the Father and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.’”

– Zelda Dominguez

“I appreciate my perseverance.  No matter what happens in life, I keep believing in myself and keep trying to make the most of any situation.  This strength is valuable to me because it allows me to make the most out of my life and myself.”   

– Delaney Mowers 

“One of my strengths is loyalty. My strong sense of loyalty to people or things I care about has helped me defend those who couldn’t defend themselves and stand firm in the face of opposition. This includes my faith, family, friends, social causes, my love of chocolate (tongue in cheek on that one), etc. Our strengths can be used for good or bad, so there have been times that I was loyal to a fault to people, but with God’s help and wisdom I try to be loyal to things that God places on my heart. One of my life lessons has been realizing how God sees me as His precious creation that he will never leave or forsake and how Jesus is my defender and intercessor. Can’t get more loyal than that!”

– Michelle Schonken 

“I love my hair! My luscious long wavy black hair can be hard to manage at times and needs a lot of taking care of but it’s worth all the work. As a teenager I wished I had straight hair that never went frizzy. Once I realized a lot of girls pay big money to have hair like mine I grew to appreciate it more!”

– Hannah P

“One strength I appreciate about myself is honesty.  I’m not perfect, but I try really hard to always be honest, even if it will cost me something.  It simplifies life.  And if I know I’m going to have to be honest, it keeps me out of trouble, too. My conscience gets more and more sensitive about little “white lies” which further makes me examine my behavior.  Also, it helps me stay real with the Lord and get to the heart of matters.  Consistent, pure honesty is challenging, but I want it.” 

– Jacqueline Napoli

“I would say my belief in God which translates into faith without wavering…trusting faith…ability to trust and believe God with out seeing his hand, I can still trust his heart.”

– Michele Massie

“I’ve never really given it much thought, but I guess I would say that one of my strengths is my ability to listen. I know that sounds a bit weird because everyone listens when people talk to them but there’s a difference between listening and hearing what someone has to say. I’m not the most talkative person, so that probably plays a part in it. But being on the introverted end of the spectrum, I also know how easy it can be to feel like you’re not being heard. One of my favorite quotes is by Stephen R. Covey and it goes like this, ‘Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.’ I think this is my strength because it’s not something most people are naturally inclined to do. Whether it be a one on one conversation or in a crowd, people tend to respond just to keep the conversation going, but not everyone actually takes the time to give their full attention to exactly what the other person is saying. After doing this I’ve learned that some of the most important conversations I’ve had didn’t even require a response, sometimes all people need is to have another person just listen and hear them out. I appreciate this strength because if we’re going through something or have good news, it’s so easy to change the topic and make it about us, but it takes effort to step back and let someone else talk first. It’s definitely easier said than done but I know how much I appreciate it whenever someone took the time to really hear me out and listen to what I had to say, so if I can do that for someone else I don’t hesitate. ‘Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand,’ (Matthew 13:9).”

– Maxine O

“One strength I love about myself is that I am resilient in the face of words and opinions from others who seek to harm me. There were times throughout my life that I was bullied and told lies about myself: that I was ugly, unworthy, or should be ashamed of my past. Instead, I embrace who I am, my past included, because God created me for His pleasure and glory!”

– Sharina Menke

“I like the fact that I keep trying to move forward in my faith. I actively seek real and meaningful experiences with God. This didn’t develop until fairly recently so it’s been a long road with plenty of mistakes, but I want more of God. He wants to give us more and continue to amaze us, we just have to let Him.”

-Kyle Sexton     

“I would have to say my strength has come through enduring suffering and because of that, I am able to have a ‘godly perspective’ and rise above the adversities. It’s made me cling onto Jesus and become more dependent on Him. Therefore, when I do go through a circumstance that is hard, I know where to go for my strength. All glory to Jesus! ‘We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies,’ (2 Corinthians 4:8-12).” 

– Selma Komisky