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.
Seeking the Genuine,
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