Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-12
Sometimes, I’m just overwhelmed. Something happens or is said that just sticks around, hangs on me, and even haunts me. It can be like a tune I just can’t get out of my head. Can you relate to similar experiences?
If you are like me, those times are first experienced. They happen and I feel them. Somehow, my senses are alerted, I’m joyed, excited, delighted. Then, after floating around in the feelings for a while, I realize that I am also perplexed and begin to think about the experience. What just happened? What does this mean? For me? For those in my life? Where did it come from? Why is it hanging around?
I’ve learned to name those occurrences—gifts from God. So St. Paul’s words today are helpful. We are given the Holy Spirit “…so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.” It is just so easy to breeze through a day, enjoying it and struggling with it, without giving God credit for the gifts we experience in it. And it is just as easy to experience those gifts and move on without giving it much thought to the significance of the gifts.
Enjoy your day. Delight in the gifts given to you. This evening, think about the gifts God gives you. Give thanks. --Jim Bricker, Camp Mount Luther Summer Chaplain to the Staff
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