Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-31
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
— 1 Corinthians 12:12 (NIV)
“Grandma, what’s this?” Jocelyn asked, touching a white, stray glob of shortening that had fallen on the counter. Before I could stop her, Jocelyn picked up the glob and tasted it. Her face contorted into an expression of disgust. “Yuck, Grandma. Don’t put that white stuff in the cookies!” I helped Jocelyn wipe off her greasy fingers and tried to assure her that this “yucky stuff” was necessary in order for the cookies to turn out right.
“But, Grandma, it doesn’t taste like cookies,” she insisted.
My granddaughter and I talked about how all the ingredients by themselves might taste “yucky,” but if we followed the recipe and mixed the correct measurements for each ingredient, we would end up with delicious chocolate-chip cookies.
Reflecting on that conversation, I thought about how we are the ingredients in God’s perfect recipe. Some of us might be a little yucky once in a while, but God has blessed each of us with different gifts and abilities. Some of us are supposed to teach, while others are given the gift of healing. The Bible points out that if one part is absent, the whole body suffers as a result. God has created us in such a way that we all can help to build the kingdom of God on earth.
Glynis M. Belec
Thought for the Day: Bake something for a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen.
Prayer: Dear God, we thank you for the gifts you have given us. Teach us to use our gifts to glorify you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Grandparents
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