For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:
if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
if service, in our serving;
the one who teaches, in his teaching;
the one who exhorts, in his exhortation;
the one who contributes, in generosity;
the one who leads, with zeal;
the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Romans 12:3-8 ESV
This week I walk around my yard with a horticulturalist, gleaning new knowledge about trees and water and grass. Talk with a technician about the air conditioning unit that died that day. Listen to a friend teach a group of women about the conversations of Jesus. Hug Ann Voskamp, author of the book of prose that changes the way I see life. Look in awe at 168 Facebook shares on the story of a blogging friend. Raise my arms in worship led on the guitar by my bike riding friend. Share conversation in line next to a mother of four who longs to play tennis in spare minutes. Laugh with three silly boys in the back seat of my van.
I marvel at the way He clothes each of them differently with grace and faith. So why do we compare ourselves?
May we rest in the knowledge that He gives each of us just the right amout of grace and faith, to accomplish what He calls us to do.
And that flower in the picture, it was a weed on the side of the road with the light streaming through it to reflect the morning dew.
Happy Sunday Friends!