Thursday, November 8th


For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. - Romans 12:3-5

Dear God, in this word from Paul I see two ditches in which I can fall.  On the one hand I can think that I am so gifted that I can do more than the rest and so I will try to control every task in the family or the church.  I could think I am just too smart to not exert my influence and help.  But on the other hand, I could believe that I am so below average in my gifts that I do not believe I have the need to offer any help in important matters.  Instead, I will think I have permission to waste valuable time entertaining myself and playing through life.  Either ditch is foolish thinking and it keeps me out of living in the truth.  I see the truth that you have gifted me with some gifts for the good of others and have also given them some gifts for my benefit.  I want to fit together happily with each one.  Help me to accept my gifts and responsibly serve others while I also graciously let them serve and shine with their gifts.  AMEN

 "Be who you are and not more or less.  Then you will enjoy the ride from the right seat on the bus."