That One Thing
This year I sent our tax information to our accountant early--partly because I was optimistic about a refund! And then I waited… and waited… and waited…. As April 15 came closer, I became perturbed that it was taking him so long, but there was nothing I could do about it except pester him. Unfortunately, he was impervious to pestering, so I continued to wait. I began to wonder, do I need to get a different accountant? What if our returns are filed late? I need him to deliver!
I was thinking about this in relation to our gifts and the way we use them. In Romans 12:6 it says “We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us.” This means that you can do things that I can’t do, and I can do things that you can’t do. And when we all do the things that only each one of us can do, our community flourishes. However, what if someone doesn’t do that one thing that only he or she can do? Then our community is missing out on something that could enrich the life that we share together. This is true in our workplace, in our relationships, and in our church. Stated more positively, each and everyone one of us have something important to contribute, something only you can do!
This Sunday we celebrate all those who use their gifts to help our community flourish. It’s remarkable to see the range of gifts and ministries in which people volunteer. As we celebrate this, it’s a good time to think about the gifts that each of us have and how important those gifts are to others.
p.s. My taxes were filed on time and I did get a refund!