Old Testament: Genesis 37:1-11
Morning Psalms: Psalms 41, 52
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 1:1-19
Gospel: Mark 1:1-13
Evening Psalms: Psalms 44
“For in him you have been enriched in every way— with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge… Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed." 1 Corinthians 1:5-7
The bible tells us that we all have certain spiritual gifts; and if we’re lucky, at some point in our lifetime, we’ll each discover those gifts. I am fortunate in knowing the things that come naturally to me, like my ability to take charge of situations. But, as is often the case in my walk with God, just when I think we’re headed off into the sunset together, He throws me off the trail a bit. Today’s 1 Corinthians reading reminds me that spiritual gifts are sometimes hidden in the things I can't do well, and that it's my weaknesses that give me an opportunity to draw strength from God.
For every gift I know I have, I also know where I fall short. My ability to take charge makes it hard for me to slow down, to show calmness and patience. Being a parent, I face this challenge constantly. There are times when my daughter just isn't doing what I want her to; but when I feel pulled to plow through a situation, I'm reminded by the above verse that I'm not only blessed with spiritual gifts I know are there, I'm also blessed with Jesus Christ, and through Him I'm strengthened in all things. In those moments where all I see are my shortcomings, I must remember that Christ enriches me in every way with every spiritual gift -- including the patience that I often feel I don't possess at all.
If I keep in mind that I have Jesus' peace with me and the power of the Holy Spirit in me and God's ruling hand over me, there is no single situation that I can't get through. I must remember that the power comes from the trinity and not from within me, which is truly a humbling experience.