Daily Devotional

"For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophecy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness."  Romans 12:4-8

I love it when God speaks to me through His Word and then it continues to be a theme throughout the days after. As we were preparing for my daughter Anya's wedding the Lord spoke to me in Romans 12, especially in the verses dealing with having differing gifts. When you are dealing with big events in your life you become well aware of where you are gifted and where you are not. I definitely am not a visionary, but I can come alongside those who are and seek to make their vision come true. I so appreciated so many people who used their gifts to help…even those who weren't involved in the weekend! The kind words of encouragement, the prayer warriors, those who asked how it was going, or how it went.

As I have reflected over this passage and the weekend, I saw some areas that the Lord needs to refine in me. I recall listening to a speaker share something that came to my mind. He used this thought in a different manner but I'm going to tweak it to illustrate my thoughts. Think of yourself as a Lego block. There are only so many holes you can fill, once they are filled you can't add anything anymore…unless you connect to another Lego block with the same holes. Just because I am gifted in something doesn't mean others with the similar gifts can't offer good insight, help, and definitely need to be included in the prep! I think sometimes I am too self-sufficient and ask for help too late in the game. I have people around me with that gift of administrative insight who could help me so that I can come to the end of the day and not feel like I missed something because I didn't have another Lego.

So already I have mentioned the one with the vision, the one who helps to make the vision happen and the admin who flies over and can see all the empty holes and make them known so all things can be done in an orderly fashion. Wow! We really need one another!

Then the Lord teaches us further in Romans 12 about how to work together…"Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality"…"If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men." (vs. 9-13, 18)

I wish I could say I did all this really well, but I'm happy to know I have a wonderful Heavenly Father who keeps teaching me so that there is hope I can do better.

"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love."
1 Corinthians 16:13
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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