Monday, December 31, 2012

Our Real Gift~Our Place in Life






  I love Christmas. It's my favorite holiday. It has always symbolized a time of giving and true joy and hope—but as a Christian, a hope and joy of the gifts that the Lord has given us. To me this is precious way beyond any modern take on the meaning of the season. And recently, the Lord has shown me a precious truth in my evening bible reading. I read:

"For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith...to another gifts of healing...but all these work that one and selfsame Spirit, dviding to every man severally as he will." para. I Corithians 12: 8-11

"Now there are diversities of gifts, bu the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diverstities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal." vs. 4-7

This is one of the biggest blessings—the knowledge that one has a place in life. The sole belief in that truth is a freedom in itself, some relief of burden. What a gift!
Not knowing one's place in the scheme of things can be a deep pain that leaves us dazed as life moves past us. One's greatest ministry, purpose and personal fulfillment in life, is the exercising of their own special gift, in whatever shape or form their life makes use of it.

Some believe, though, that their place is not an important one. Insignificant, disposible. That is the sad fate of too many, and hope that if you feel that way, that I may help comfort you.
"For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therfore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where is the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where is the smelling?" vs. 14-17


All this points to a higher purpose and good. That everyone has their own circle of influence, their own path to take, duty to perform, their connection to the whole scheme of life. And their own gift with which to see it done...or at least influenced to that end. We need not feel that what we do is menial, of no consequence.







The whole world is one, made of the many. A wide wilderness of wildflowers—a vast cosmos of stars. We all stand in our place, have our own beauty. And to those who say any different, we may in confidence reply:

"...the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: and those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our umcomely parts have more abundance comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the the same care one for another." vs. 21-25


But I would like to point out the greatest aspect of using one's gift—using it in love. Without genuine care and understanding for our fellow life travelers, what we do will be greatly diminished.

One of my favorite quotes is from the movie, The Village:

"The world moves for love. It kneels before it in awe."

So it is my prayer that we have the strength to know our gifts in this world, and strengthend by love for our fellow life travelers, we spread good to those within our influence.

Happy New Year, everyone. The next year is a fresh, new page! It can be what we make it to be, whatever it sends our way.



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