Today both my devotional and my Love Dare were talking about God's love for us. Sometimes I tend to forget that God made me just the way I am. In the book 48 Days to the Work You Love, Dan Miller says "At judgment, God isn't likely to ask you why you weren't more like Mother Teresa, he's likely to ask you why you were not more like yourself". God made you the way you are. If you are not using the gifts that He gave you, then you should be looking for a way to use those gifts. We all have them. My gifts tend to be in the areas of organizing and leading. Where do your gifts lay? I love this passage from the Bible:
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? I Corinthians 12: 17-19
In other words, God made us all different for a reason. If we were all the same, we wouldn't need each other. I need Tom's patience because I don't always have a lot. Tom needs my voice because he sometimes has a hard time standing up for himself. I am not saying that we should not try to improve ourselves, but I am saying that we should find a way to use the gifts that God gave us. Quit focusing on what we CANNOT do and focus on what we can.