'We have different gifts, according to the grace given us...' Romans 12:6 NIV
Peter Brock was one of Australia’s best known and most successful motor racing drivers. During his career ‘Brocky’ won Bathurst nine times and was crowned Australian Touring Car (now V8 Supercars) Champion on three occasions. Because of his success and driving skill he earned the nickname ‘Peter Perfect’. Despite his immense driving skill, tragically a motor racing accident took his life in 2006. Brocky was definitely a gifted driver but he’d be the first to admit he wasn’t perfect.
‘We [all] have different gifts’ - so what are you doing with yours? You may never win a motor race but we all should work hard at developing and extending the gifts God has given to us. However the Bible also clearly warns us against ‘trying to become perfect by your own human effort.’ (Galatians 3:3 NLT) It’s not going to happen! ‘We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.’ When you strive to be somebody other than the person God intended, you end up feeling angry, inadequate and frustrated. God purposely gifted us all in different areas. Once you realise that, you can start to minister from your particular area of giftedness. Remember, every one of us is a work-in-progress, so cut yourself some slack. Instead of trying to become perfect, begin to thank God for making you one-of-a-kind.
SoulFood: Gen 50, Haggai 1-2, John 20:1-18, Ps 105:1-7, Ecc 5:13-16
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