Appreciating One Another’s Gifts

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Sarah (left) and Emily (right) with their sister Katie at the baby shower

My daughters Emily and Sarah recently hosted a baby shower for their sister Katie. I watched in awe as our home was transformed into bright, welcoming place with beautiful decorations and delightful food.

Emily and Sarah are gifted in the ability to organize spaces and make them attractive. They know how to plan and host gatherings too. They can paint, create crafts, and draw beautifully.

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I look at them and think, “Are they really my daughters?” The good Lord did not gift me in any of those areas; in fact, I struggle when I attempt to do any of those things.

For years, I would compare myself to others, wishing to be more like them, or maybe Martha Stewart! I would allow myself to feel “less than” others who had gifts that I didn’t.

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Then, one day, I ran across a scripture that gave me an entirely different perspective about the matter:  “The Spirit works all these things [these gifts], distributing to each person individually just as He wills” (1 Corinthians 12:11, NASB). In other words,

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God gifts us

The Lord decides the gifts each of us will receive, and He gives them to us. In His wisdom, sovereignty, and love, He chooses. We are told in Ephesians 2:10 that each of us is His “workmanship,” a work of art, masterfully crafted by His loving hands. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” (Psalm 139:14, NASB). Because He is God, He knows best, and He gives accordingly.

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God has His own special purposes for our gifts

Our gifts are given to us, but they are not about us. They are meant to display different aspects of who Jesus is to the world. Our gifts are meant to help others know and be drawn, not to the gift, but to the Giver of all gifts. For example, I learn from watching my daughters that the Lord is creative and artistic . . . as well as caring and devoted.

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We should embrace our gifts and use them as He leads us

If we try to be someone other than whom the Lord created us to be, then the world misses out on experiencing the traits of Jesus that have been woven into our lives. We should “walk in” the gifts God has given us, using them to magnify the Lord (Ephesians 2:10). We should allow ourselves to freely be whom God made us to be, trusting that the Lord will lead us in using His gifts for His purposes.

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My first grandchild is due in just 4 weeks. I can’t wait to discover what gifts the Lord has placed in this little boy!

Question: How has the Lord led you to share your gifts with others? Comment at the link below.

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Susan Jane King

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