Thursday, August 2, 2012

We are meant to share our gifts

The other day in church there were two readings that both dealt with the same issues. 

In one, Elijah feeds 100 with 20 loaves of bread and in the other, Jesus feeds  5,000 with a few loaves and a few fish.

Both these readings contain several lessons. 
First, sometimes when something seems impossible, it isn’t.  Maybe we just need the help of a higher power, be that God or other people.

Second, we are all asked to bring something to the table to share.
Third, we only have to share what has been given to us.

Each of us has gifts.  They come in the form of special talents and interests.  They are different for each of us.  Our goal must be to attempt to identify what they are in us.  When we are given a git it is our responsibility to bring it to the table, to share it with others.  If our gifts are modest or great does not matter, what matters is that we take those gifts and use them for others.
Elijah had 20 loaves and the young boy in Jesus’s story had a few loaves and a few fish.  It was enough.  It was enough because they trusted that though they did not understand HOW, if they trusted and if they shared what they had, ANYTHING was possible.

The same is true in our lives.  Each of us has gifts, some great and some small.  Our goal then, must be to share these gifts with others, and when we do, anything is possible.

One of the great gifts in my life has been my relationship with Michelle.  37 years ago today we were married.  We have shared good times and bad, and it continues to be a gift.

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