Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
* * * * * * *
A typical job interview question is "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" One comes prepared to lift up one's strengths to match the job requirements. One also comes prepared to identify a weakness that sends a message of humility and yet, does not flag a flaw so great it overwhelms the strengths. What is least anticipated is that no matter what the weakness we reveal, if we are given the job, we are expected to get over our weakness. Try as we might to nullify it, our weakness more than likely dogs us throughout our working lives. It is a testimony to the fact, as if we needed more evidence, that none of us is perfect. Why are we so surprised by imperfection? Honesty and integrity speak saying, "Look, this is the gift I have to offer for the common good....it is not whole but I offer it all for the sake of being a part of something in which I do not have to be all things to all people. I trust the one who gave us these gifts knows how this all works together."
* * * * * * *
Holy God, all that I am and the best I can ever be is in your service. Amen.