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God has seriously been dealing with me by using a lot of car-related illustrations lately.  The most recent example: headlights.
 
My wife & I bought a new (well, new to us) car this last summer.  Last week, one of the headlight bulbs went out.  So, after buying a replacement, I then pop the hood and attempt to figure out how to put the thing in.  I unscrewed assemblies that didn’t need to be unscrewed, took out the high-beam bulb instead of the low-beam, spent the better part of an hour trying to figure out why I wasn’t getting anything done, and got close to frostbite on my hands in the process
 
(OK, frostbite is an exaggeration.  But it’s now officially Minnesota winter, and my hands get cold real fast.  So I wasn’t super thrilled about that.)
 
I then (at Kait’s request – thanks for dealing with me, darling) asked the clerk at the auto parts store if they help out customers with bulb issues.  The guy kindly threw on a coat, came outside, and yanked our burned-out bulb out of the car.  Within ninety seconds.  It was that easy, apparently. 
 
I was so humbled that I almost laughed out loud.  How on earth was I trumped by a headlight?  I mean, seriously – I’m fine with getting help from others, but I didn’t think that headlight-bulb-changing was outside of what I should be capable of figuring out.
 
I seem to be learning more and more about just how particular of a part to the body of Christ I am.  He’s given me certain gifts and areas that I excel at, but it’s becoming more and more apparent that there are plenty of gifts and areas that I do not excel in. 
 
So, I’m going to stop getting frustrated with the fact that I couldn’t figure out how to take out a headlight bulb, and instead be thankful that there are people in His body that have been wired to understand problems like that.  They can solve my little issue without a second thought, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that.
 
With that, I’m curious as to just what God wants to do with this particular set of gifts that He’s given me.  I only hope that I’m able to bless others with what God’s doing in me the same way that the auto parts clerk blessed me, and just like the church of Acts showed us how they lived: by selflessly giving what we’ve been given by God to anyone around us that is in need (see Acts 4:32-37).  It’s not about the good of any one particular person, but about the good of the Body.  And that Body belongs to Jesus.
 
So whether that means that you need to be more selfless with your money, your time, your talents, or simply yourself, know that the way that you’ve been created was not by accident.  Your gifts will bless others in the same way that you will be blessed by the gifts of others.
 
Thank You, Lord, for mapping this life out so much better than we as finite humans could ever come up with.

7/4/2014 01:29:36 pm

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