"To each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good …. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and [God] gives them to each one, just as he determines." (I Corinthians 12:7)
Thought for the day:
I’m guessing that most of you are familiar with the Pixar movie: The Incredibles. If you haven’t seen it, the story is about an apparently ordinary family named Parr, they, like us are caught up in all the routine - same ol’ same ol’ - that mark most of our lives. However, when a mysterious phone call comes in, Bob Parr finds himself drawn back into a world he had left 15 years ago when the Superhero Relocation Project sidetracked him from his previous career of "saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis."
Bob not only finds that he still has more heroism in him than he knew, but he also discovers that his wife and children do, too. His wife, Helen, is actually "Elastigirl." Daughter Violet has this amazing force-field power. HIs son Dash has lightning speed, and even baby Jack-Jack has a power all his own! The realization hit them that every one of them is amazingly gifted, and that when they pool their gifts together, they can accomplish things that are simply “Incredible."
The body of Christ, and the families that are part of it, are like this, says Paul: "To each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good …. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and [God] gives them to each one, just as he determines."
Your gifts and graces are blessings from God to be used for the common good! 1 Corinthians 7:7 indicates that everyone has a gift of some sort.
Prayer for the day:
Most gracious and generous God, reveal the gifts you have bestowed upon me so that I can be the incredible person you intended me to become for the common good. Amen.