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May 9, 2013  Gifts that Make a Difference


4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.   1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Have you considered the gifts you have (carpentry, art, listening, comforting, silence, talk, motivating, physical fitness, ...)?  Where have these gifts come from?  Are you the kind of person to pull yourself up by the boot straps?  Talent through self development?

The was a fisherman who was fishing 55 miles off Barnegat Light, NJ trolling for Tuna at about 6 knots when he stood up on the deck of his boat, slipped and fell over board.  He could swim pretty well but in no way could he swim at 6 knots to catch his quickly departing boat.  He prayed to God to come and rescue him!  He knew God heard his prayer so when a trawler came by and asked started to come along side, his said no thanks guys, I have someone coming.  The trawler captain was puzzled but did not want to force the guy to so something he did not want, continued north to NY.  Another fisherman saw the man treading water and came over to help.  Once again he said no thanks, help is on the way.  After the fisherman passed, he said, "God, please hurry, I am getting tired."  About 30 minutes later, he slipped below the surface and drowned.  The last thought on his mind was; "Oh God, why haven't you helped me?"

This is an example of being presented with gifts (help, guidance, talents) you were not expecting and therefore not accepting of.  The drowning man expected God himself to come down from on high and help, but it did not happen that way.  Help was there, but not as he expected and consequently let it go. 

Being saved from certain demise may be as simple as accepting the gift(s) we are given.  This is what Jesus has done for us; offered his gift of salvation through faith.  Making a difference in someone's life may be as simple as offering your gifts to them.  Share God's love, lend a hand, share your possessions or time.

Dear Heavenly Father: Thank you for loving so much that you sent your son Jesus to die for our sins. He taught us to love and serve our brothers and sisters and how to make a difference. Continue to fill our hearts with love. May it pour out to those we meet and make a difference! In Jesus' name, Amen.

p.s.  Happy Birthday Nancy!


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