Hidden Treasures

A body is made up of many parts, and each of them has its own use. That’s how it is with us. There are many of us, but we each are part of the body of Christ, as well as part of one another. (Romans 12:4-5, Contemporary English Version)

A body is made up of many parts, and each of them has its own use. That’s how it is with us. There are many of us, but we each are part of the body of Christ, as well as part of one another. (Isaiah 45:3, Contemporary English Version).

The verses from Romans above were the “Verse of the Day” on Bible Gateway a few days ago. I am on Bible Gateway just about every day. I won’t say there are no other Bible sites out there with as much as you can find on Bible Gateway but I do think they would be hard pressed to find one that equals it, much less surpasses it.

A good chunk of the time since, I’ve had those two verses from Romans 12 bouncing around in my head. Over the past few years I have grown to love Romans so when it shows as the verse of the day on Bible Gateway, I usually take notice.

So much of the time when we think of the Romans verses and similar passages where Paul plays on the same theme we think of the big gifts. We think about gifts like preaching and teaching. We often think about the ways we make our living. Those are gifts, there is no doubt about that. We are blessed by those gifts and we are able to use those gifts to bring blessings to ourselves and others.

I also like the verse from Isaiah. It reminds me that there are things, even about ourselves that are hidden from our view. If we pay attention to the opportunities given to us, we might find something that only God knows about us.

A few years ago a friend invited me to visit the Brazoria County Woodcarvers. I am grateful I had that opportunity because I learned something I hadn’t previously known. I had a little skill at wood carving. I likely will never have someone mistake me for some of the people I have seen and have seen their work. There is some great skill out there.

Why I am grateful, it is because I found I had another gift that brings me joy. It has also brought me a few cuts, particularly on my left hand (it wasn’t anything serious). Woodcarving is something that lets me refocus on things I don’t spend every day working on.

About the same time I went to that wood carving session a different friend saw the bear I carved (I’ve never really finished it) he asked if there was anything I couldn’t do. He knows about my pastel drawings. He knew well about my work with paracord. He knew I had sewn a couple of quilts. Now I was wood carving.

To answer his question, there is plenty I can’t do. I am not a drummer. I’ve tried to be a drummer. I am not coordinated enough to play the drums. I did play percussion with the Lufkin Community Band last year and I could do it as long as I didn’t have to play more than one thing at a time.

I have come to learn that we all have those hidden treasures. We have small gifts that we can use to bless people around us. We have those small things in our life that may may not be good enough to make a living with it, but we are good enough that God can and will use those things to bring joy to our lives and the lives of people we love.

Try things. You never know, you may find a big gift that God will use in powerful ways. You also might find a hidden treasure that God uses to touch you and others to bring you joy you hadn’t known before.

Be blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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