Respect others’ gifts

Date: Wednesday, October 2

Scripture1 Thessalonians 5:11-18

Verse: But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; esteem them very highly in love because of their work. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13a)

People are weird. I mean that as a compliment. No two of us are identical – not even identical twins. We are wired differently. We have different thoughts, interests, personalities, likes, dislikes, and gifts. We are interested in different things, communicate uniquely, and sometimes those differences can draw us into conflict.

You know those people that go to that other church? Their relationship with God is way different than mine. Strange. They talk about their faith far differently. Odd. They talk to God in ways I don’t. Hmmm. Those Christians are… well… weird. Yup! And that is something to celebrate!

Today’s scripture lesson asks us to respect the gifts of others and esteem their work. Maybe this is a bit of a twist on what you read, but in essence I hear it saying, “Don’t try to make everyone fit into some mold. Celebrate your differentness.”

God has created this mosaic, a collage, a stained glass window, called his church. We are all different, unique, weird. But together, when we are doing it right, we are part of a much bigger picture of a much bigger God.

People are weird. Thanks be to God.

Prayer: Thank you God for making me a unique part of this reflection of you called the church. Amen.

Action: Next to your list of gifts, make another list of the gifts of others, and if you dare, include people of whom you are not fond. Lift up a prayer of thanks for those others and their gifts.

Respond: What makes you weird? What unique talent/ability/characteristic do you have? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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