Earlier this week I was having lunch with my daughter and some of her second grade friends. One of the girls sitting next to me mentioned that she was collecting cans and turning them into the Conroe animal shelter to help raise money to rescue animals. The next thing I know about 5 of the kids all around me are talking a mile a minute about how they could all pitch in to help raise more and more money. Here’s a sampling of some of the ideas they were throwing out there: ‘I will bring a box to store all the cans.’ ‘We can print off pictures of all of our animals to decorate the box.’ ‘I can bring some paper from home to help decorate.’ ‘I will make a webpage’ (not kidding). And the ideas kept on coming.

As I sat back and observed this humorous little interaction erupting all around me, it occurred to me that each kid was really passionate about wanting to help animals. What also struck me, was that each kid had a different ability or skill that they wanted to use to help the effort succeed. You had the communications people, the marketing people, the graphics people, the strategists, etc. all pitching in their efforts. I was thinking about Romans 12 where it says, ’ 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. 6 God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. 7 If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.’

So just like this group of second graders, it begins with a passion in our heart to make a difference. As believers, that passion is to know Christ and make Him known. It takes every member of the body discovering their God-given gifts and using them for God’s glory and His kingdom work. So whatever your gift is, I challenge you to step out there and begin using it today!

in Christ,