There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.
If you have followed Meditations of My Heart for a while, you know that our home is nestled in a forest with a great variety of trees. In the summer, when the leaves are out in full, it is easy to identify the different species. But, have you ever tried to discern a type of tree by looking only at its bark?
My father taught biology and botany for over 30 years at a prestigious southeastern university. One of his favorite lessons was teaching students how to identify trees by observing the bark alone. Using some trees in our own backyard, I've put together this mini, photographic tutorial:
Bitter Nut Hickory
Long Leaf Pine
Not exhaustive, by any means, but it's a start!
Studying the different textures and compositions of these barks reminds me of the different gifts each and every one of us have been given, but which all come from the same Spirit. The barks may appear unique on the outside, but on the inside, every tree has the same basic components: roots; wood; leaves or needles; flowers/fruits, and seeds.
And, we humans also appear different from one another on the outside. Skin color. Eye color. Hair color (only my hairdresser knows for sure!). Height. Weight. Shoe size. You name it!
Yet, we are all one in the Spirit . . .
And, we all have gifts, unique to us, which we can share with others.
Need to share!
To make this world a better place.
To bring God's Kingdom just that much closer to earth.
What are your unique gifts? Are you sharing them with others?
Will you pray with me?
Today, Father, let us celebrate our differences in looks and talents, knowing that all good gifts come to us through Your Holy Spirit. May we be united through the Spirit in love as the Body of Christ and spread the Good News of Your Kingdom throughout the world. Amen.