Thursday, August 16, 2018
Ephesians 4:16 – He makes the whole body fit together
perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts
grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
One chose to stay on the farm; the other chose city
When my mom was a junior in high school, she chose to
leave her family farm and marry my dad. Her new life would take her away
from her country upbringing and plant her in cities for the remainder of
her life. Mom's sister married a Navy man but chose to build their home
next to her parents' and remain on the family farm — a place
where she stayed until her death.
The old homeplace was sold for
a negligible amount — and it seemed that the same would happen to my
aunt's home. But her oldest son stepped in and decided that he and his
wife would make it their retirement home, with all the hunting, fishing,
and golf that he could stand. It's refreshing to know that the home
will remain in the family.
I always envied my cousins, growing
up with open land all around them, hunting, fishing, and romping through
the woods. Having pets wasn't a problem. Leash laws didn't exist.
They were able to raise chickens, cows, hogs, and anything else they wanted
without having to wonder where they'd put them or if the smell would
offend the neighbours. They lived a very carefree, down-to-earth
Because Mom and Dad chose the city life, I had to
endure it as well. Though it has its conveniences, I still miss the open
land and the perks that come with country living.
been known to envy those whom God is using in ways that I wish He'd use
me. Paul reminded the early believers that the church is like a body. Each
part has a special function, and it is fitted together perfectly. When one
piece is out of whack, the entire body is affected.
jealousy is an ongoing lesson that God is teaching me. Instead of envying
what He is doing in other believers' lives, I enjoy what He's doing
in mine and rejoice in what He's doing in theirs. I'm not in
competition but in cahoots with other believers. Our job is not to fuss and
fight but to work together to accomplish God's work in this world. He
gives each of us unique opportunities and personalities. Even when I share
the same gift as another person, I will use it differently.
Rather than envying someone else's gift, let us each use ours to
fulfill God's plan.
Prayer: Father, thank You for
giving us unique gifts, personalities, and opportunities. May we use them
faithfully in Your service. Amen.
Martin Wiles <email@example.com>
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA
for Today: 2 Corinthians 7:1 – Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. (NIV)
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