I Corinthians 12:4-7
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
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In theory, we understand this concept of "varieties of gifts", but in practice we use the concept most often as a rationale to deal with our disappointment when we need people to be good at everything. In a job interview, the applicant is often asked what is their greatest weakness. Fair question, we all have strengths and weaknesses. However, no matter what the weaknesses are, there is the unlying expectation that they are going to "get over that." Though weaknesses can be destructive and require much attention, it should not be at the expense of lifting up one another's gifts. Time spent focusing on weaknesses and dealing with our disappointment may well take time away from the real treasures in our midst.
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May we see the gifts around us for the sake of all. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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