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Ephesians 4:17-24, "Differentness"

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Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds.
— Ephesians 4:!

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, August 2, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

One of the most precious gifts people have to offer each other is our differentness. Despite my many attempts to achieve perfection, I continue to learn how lacking I am.

Once upon a time I was a pastor. I am no longer a pastor, but am now an artist – an artist of words, paint, food, people. Once upon a time my best friend was an accountant. She is no longer an accountant, but is now a pastor. I cannot think of two people with farther interests than my artist self and my accountant friend. Yet, strangely, we work well.

I am scattered and creative. I bounce from painting my kitchen to running a 5K to raising backyard chickens. All because it struck me as a good idea one day so I went and did it. At the same time, I struggle mightily to do the ordinary things like paying bills on time or cleaning my home on a regular schedule. Routines elude me. But I will be the first to take a knife skills class or dye my hair platinum blonde just because I never have before.

My friend is organized and predictable. She pays all of her bills on time, and even has money in a savings account (I mean, who does that?). She does not try something new unless she is statistically likely to succeed. She on time for everything and never misses an appointment.

But both of us were really good pastors. I was great at trying new things, teaching the middle schoolers (who doesn’t want to climb through a makeshift obstacle course?!), and writing my own curriculum. She is great at managing people and budgets, and cleaning up the messy things and loose ends in the organizational structure.

The reason we work well together and are both great at ministry is because we both have a deep love for God and God’s people. Massively different gifts, but at the core huge hearts for God’s work. One thing I know for sure is that this world would be a far worse place without her in it. If not for our differences, this world would be a very boring and ineffective place.

Thank God people have different gifts!

 

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Earlier Event: August 1
Psalm 107:1-9, Desert Wastes
Later Event: August 2
Psalm 107:1-9, 43, Word to the Wise