I was handed this devotion by Dylan and it hit home. As I share with you the principles and steps he shared, I would like to add my own wacky commentary. Heres a picture of Dylan at work:
If you saw Dylan's social media profile pictures, you would think hes a confederate flag sporting truck. A rebel without a cause. And here is a picture of me at work.
You can see we are quite different in our color. No trucks for me. Here is another picture of Dylan.
And another from me.
Two completely opposite people but with goofy pictures with mascots. Maybe we are a bit more similar than we first though. And for your viewing pleasure, here is a picture of us together:
With the civil rights moment we have all learned this idealism of equality. That we are more alike than we are different. That is all great, but why do we still struggle with issue with fitting in or belonging? We have all taken role-models in our lives. Some of us have found issues finding worthy role-models to emulate. Some of our parents fit in and we were "grandfathered" into the cool club. Some of our sibilings were hip and by being in relation with them, we were also invited "in." Sometimes we've gone as far as dressing or acting like celebrities just to feel included. How has that worked so far?
Dylan outlines two steps in this fitting in process.
Step one: Figure out what your strengths are. Are you physically fit? Mechanically inclined? Good with numbers of finance? Do you have a green thumb? Are you good at socializing with others? Etc. Take inventory of what you do well. Write it down, put them into existance. Once you have your strengths written down, its time for the next step.
Step two: Find a place where you can utilize your strengths and your skills. Studies show that individuals who hold careers within their skill set are happier and live more fulfilling lives.
Our eyes do not taste as our fingers do not smell. So as each parts of our bodies have a role, we each have been created to provide and serve in different roles in our communities. As Dylan ends his devotion he states, that we each do something really good and as a whole, we each compliment each other in our efforts in our communities.
As you have read this, I would challenge you to read this scripture, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Unity and Diversity in the Body
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?
18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
19 If they were all one part, where would the body be?
20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,
24while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,
25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
And now to re-read this post with spiritual glasses on. As you do, I would ask that you prayerfully seek and take a written inventory of your spiritual strengths, skills and gifts. And prayerfully commit into finding where in the body of Christ and in the community you would serve best. And you can then see how two completely different people like Dylan and Steve who serve in different capacities, can come together with different strengths and work together in a community.
I know that you are a gift and created with a purpose. I know you are special and that you are loved and made to love. We are all granted this opportunity to bring forth the kingdom here on Earth, as it is in Heaven. And as our Father in Heaven has created us for a purpose, a purpose in Him, that we have that same amazing power to create within ourselves an opportunity to serve within our own spiritual skill sets. I believe I speak on behalf of all those involved in Coalesce.life that we are grateful for you visiting us and reading our work. We hope that you continue to visit us on a weekly basis as well as sharing what you learn here in the relations you are involved in.
I know that our Father loves us. I know that Jesus Christ came and atoned for our sins. I know that through that atonement we can live a life of incredible happiness and purpose in Him and for Him. I am grateful for you all and I love each and every one of you with all my heart. And I hope that you are able to experience the feeling of love and gratitude that comes along with finding your purpose in this season of your life. And I say all these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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