“Gifts”

So much has happened in such a short amount of time—it really feels like it’s been weeks since I wrote my last blog. In preparation for my son’s wedding, I helped decorate part of the reception site. This was definitely a “stretch” for me because I am not a “creative/crafty person.”  There were three bulletin boards I had to transform (so they don’t look like bulletin boards), and several mail holders I had to revamp. I went back and forth to “Michaels”— I decorated then redecorated the largest bulletin twice and I had to get more supplies. On top of that, I took pictures of the wedding itself (I was the “official” photographer).

I had never decorated a bulletin board, or create flower arrangements (for the mail holders), or take “real” pictures before. Although there are several things I would have done differently, I think everything looked acceptable, and pleasant. I know that God allows things to take place in our lives because we are supposed to grow, but I have no idea why I would be “stretched” in this way— how does decorating bulletin boards, making flower arrangements, and taking pictures build/edify the Kingdom?

I thought about Scripture verses such as, 1 Peter 4:10, “God has given each of you a gift…Use them well to serve one another,” or Romans 12:6, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.” So, is God telling me that these are my “gifts” and He placed me in this situation so that I can discover my “gifts”?

Then I thought about 1 Corinthians 12:12-22,

“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ… Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, ‘I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand’ that does not make it any less a part of the body… our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it… The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you.’ In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.”

I’m not sure why I was asked to decorate and take wedding pictures, but I will wait and see what comes of it. In the meantime, I am enjoying some beautiful pictures that came from my camera. I think it is by the grace of God that I had some good shots.

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