Monday, November 06, 2006
There are two ways we can accept a gift. With a loving, and thankful heart or like a jerk, like the gift wasn’t good enough.
Most of the time, I am very thankful. But sometimes I can be a real jerk.
You know Metro has a new church. I stand in awe of the men who can build walls and paint ceilings (literally, I stood), cut wood, put down floor leveler. I think their gifts are very cool and I think my gifts are so inadequate. Do you know what I can do? I can make a mean brownie, clean, or make sloppy joes.
I felt so inadequate. I am not lying. I feel like when I look around at the new building, I don’t do much, I clean up bottles, drop off some food, or stand and watch the guys paint the ceiling (and spill the paint).
Ok, then it hits me, or maybe it was God slapping me in the head. People gotta eat (and you can only eat so much pizza). They have to be able to find the tools they need. They need some organization. “So use your gifts Margie. Be thankful for what I gave you.” (I can make a meal for like $20 people for less than $1 a person.) “It’s a gift and if I didn’t need someone to do it, I would not have sent you there. Now go.”
God knows that if He needs me to hang drywall, I’ll be open to Him giving the wisdom (and strength) for such a task. So until then, I’ll just show up, be thankful for muscles that aren’t sore, and using the gifts that I love. And I’ll stop being such a jerk.
You can check your spiritual gifts at this website http://www.calvarychurch.ca/neatstuff/spiritualGifts/index.htm
Eph 4:16 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work