The Variety of Color

masterpieceNow there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God activates each gift in each person. A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)

Ponder It.
What is your favorite way to color (e.g., crayons, markers, colored pencils)?
What is one area you believe you are gifted in, whether you’re excited about it or not?
What thrills or frustrates you about cooperating alongside others?

Receive It.
There are many different ways to get and use color: colored pencils, crayons, markers, paint chalk, pens, and so on. All have different textures. If you want bold, full coverage, try paint. If you want a lighter, varied color and texture, try colored pencils. Even with the same tool, you can achieve different textures. A light touch or heavy hand produces two very different looks with crayons.

There is variety among people, too. We have different gifts. It doesn’t mean we’re limited to those gifts. God uses us in a variety of ways. We’re not always in our comfort zone. Sometimes, we’re not completely comfortable in our area of giftedness. Some people settle in easily; others struggle to find, accept, and use their gifts. People who have similar gifts use and express them in different ways. People who have different gifts express them in similar ways. Let’s face it—we’re different.

We can celebrate those differences. We can work alongside people because of those differences. We give abundantly, and we receive abundantly. Our different gifts aren’t about comparative values and contributions but about cooperation. We can serve and sacrifice in different ways, while being like-minded and like-hearted. Different, yet the same. Variety isn’t a threat or a put-down. It’s a blessing of variety. God is colorful. He puts those colors on display among us all.

Live It.
Spend three to five minutes doodling. Use whatever pens, pencils, or coloring utensils you have available. Don’t overanalyze what you’re creating as you doodle. Just create something that seems comfortable to you. At the end of the three minutes, consider how you approached the process. How is it similar to the way you approach other tasks?

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