This is scheduled to be the “back page” for the bulletin at Fishkill United Methodist Church for Sunday, August 5, 2018 (11th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B).
In my opinion, we as humans and as a society have been given two great gifts, creativity and God’s grace. The hardest thing that we must realize is that we haven’t been given those gifts solely for our benefit. We have been given them to share with others. (from “The Gifts We Have Been Given.”)
I am not saying that you shouldn’t try to be the best you can be, but if you don’t share them, how will others know what you can do? You may have the skills of leadership and ministry but unless you are in the lector rotation, who knows what you can do? You may sing like an angel but only heaven knows if you don’t sing in public (choir rehearsals are on Sunday at 9 am). You may write like Shakespeare but if the words are not published, they have no meaning (that’s a hint, by the way – 😊 ).
David was given the gift of creativity and it was evident in his leadership and his ability to compose poems and songs. Yet, he used his creativity to abuse the power of his position and, in the end, he paid the price for his greed and arrogance. (from “What Do You Do With The Gifts You Have Been Given?”)
To borrow from George Bernard Shaw, ours is to see things that never were and say why not. Whatever it is that we want to be, the results will be magnified when we use our gifts so that others come to know Christ. ~Tony Mitchell