Keeping it Real
|My wife, Mary, and I at the |
Perot Science Museum in Dallas.
Complete the tool and you'll receive feedback on how well you do in each of the 19 areas. But note, this is a self-assessment tool. It reveals your opinion about yourself.
One of the hardest things in life to do is to see ourselves as other people see us. So (gulp), I completed the assessment tool evaluating myself, and then asked my wife (Mary), daughter (Sarah), and co-worker (Francey) to complete the assessment tool evaluating me. Their responses were combined and then averaged.
This exercise is not for the faint of heart...but I really wanted to know other people's opinion of how well I am loving people. Here are the results:
|Self-Assessment Results||360° Results|
|BE DEVOTED||4.8||BE DEVOTED||4.6|
|OFFER HOSPITALITY||4.3||PRAY FOR||4.4|
|PREFER||4||SPUR TO GOOD DEEDS||4.2|
|CARE FOR||4||CARE FOR||4.1|
|SPUR TO GOOD DEEDS||4||PREFER||3.8|
|CONFESS YOUR SINS||3.8||ENCOURAGE||3.6|
|LIVE IN PEACE||3.5||LIVE IN PEACE||3.6|
|CARRY BURDENS||3.5||CARRY BURDENS||3.6|
|WAIT FOR||3.5||CONFESS YOUR SINS||3.4|
In ten of the categories I overrated myself (ouch); in nine of the categories I underrated myself.
Two big surprises: I thought I was doing a decent job on Pray for One Another (I gave myself a 4.47) but others rated me a 3.0. I don't consider myself a patient person so I rated myself a 2.67 on Wait for One Another, but Mary, Sarah and Francey rated me at 3.5 (they just don't know...).
This experiment has prompted me to work harder to develop the areas in which I am weak. To become more Christ-like is a life-long quest, and I want to stay at it.
p.s. By the way, you can recreate this experiment. Simply recruit three or four people who will take the time to complete the tool with you in mind, ask someone to compile the results (that way the individual responses become anonymous), and then compare the results with your own scores. The online tool is free and you can use it an unlimited number of times.