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The Beauty of God's Gifts
My daughter Janice and I love to go "bluebonneting." For those of you who don't have the joy of living in Texas, let me explain. Every year, in March and April, the bluebonnets in Texas burst forth in all their glory. Where we live, the prime areas are just northwest of Houston. Many people take all-day drives just to look at the fields of flowers – they go "bluebonneting."
As we drove along we oohed and awed at the fields of blue but, as this picture shows, we saw many meadows where little white daisies and orange indian paintbrush were sprinkled in the sea of blue.
As I marveled at the God's beautiful canvas it made me think of the diversity we find within the church. You might immediately think of the many colors and backgrounds and lifestyles God blends together to form our Christian family—and you'd be right. But that isn't the kind of diversity that captured my thoughts. As I stood there, the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 ran through my mind:
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
As beautiful as a field of pure blue is, it can't match the magic of blue and white and orange and the many other colors that spread out over the meadows. In the same way, no matter how beautiful the choir's voices are, they can't fulfill the miracle of the church's ministry alone.
Paul speaks of many gifts in his letters: ministry, teaching, mercy, discernment, and many others. We each have gifts and talents that God can use to bless the Church. Can you sing? I certainly can't, but I am so blessed when I hear a sweet voice in the pew behind me, praising God. I don't like to cook but I have a dear friend who often uses her joy of cooking to bless a family who's going through a difficult time. Me? I can organize the pants off of anything so I'm the person to call when you need to make sense out of a confusing mess.
Together we make up the kaleidoscope we call the ministry of the church. What is your color—you gifts and talents? You have them, you know. Read the verses above one more time. Do you see it—each one. He has gifted you; He has filled you with talents. The work of the church isn't complete without you!
Let's run out into the field, girls! Let your gifts and talents blend in with the rainbow of colors already working for God. The meadow of the church will not be as beautiful without you!