Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

READING


Old Testament: Genesis 50:15-26
Morning Psalms: Psalms 101, 109
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Gospel: Mark 8:11-26
Evening Psalms: Psalms 119:121-144

DEVOTIONAL


There are different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
1 Corinthians 12: 1-11

In my life, there have been times when I’ve felt pulled to go in one direction when all logic pointed the other way. Usually, I followed logic, but only to find detours bringing me back to that same starting point.

Three years ago, it happened again. I was at a crossroad -- asked to serve on the Vestry. Logic told me to say NO! I am not a leader and I feel uncomfortable asking people to give anything, let alone to give of their time. I can’t do my own finances, how can I be in charge of a budget? My calendar is a mess; you want me to manage 36 months of events? Then I asked, “God what will you have me do?” Strangely, God sounds an awful lot like Father Rob. Truth be told, I had been gaining the necessary skills over the years. I just needed to learn to trust God, to trust that He would provide -- and He did.

Sometimes my gifts are pretty clear, but when I get distracted, my vision becomes blurred, and I struggle. I believe the struggles I’ve encountered through the years were merely course corrections to God’s plan. In hindsight, it all makes sense, and the signs couldn’t have been clearer. I am eternally grateful that God did not take “no” for an answer from me and that I have had the opportunity to serve Him through the St. Matthew’s vestry.

Heavenly Father, I pray that You will always clear my vision so that I may follow the path You would have me follow in using Your spiritual gifts to touch the lives of others. Amen.
HL


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