Prayer: Spirit of God, reveal to us our gifts and talents so we may use them for the common good. Amen.
Reading: I Corinthians 12: 1-11 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. --I Corinthians 12: 7
It is amazing how each time we read a scripture passage, something different jumps out. This time for me it is this bit about "for the common good". Sure we all like to think about what gifts or talents we have. We want to think, "Wow, I really do have a knack for...(this or that)!" It's also nice to know it's okay to not be good at everything.
Whatever the talent, though, it is clearly given for the common good. I call that teamwork. I recently heard a football coach give a shout-out to the marching band. The talented, record-winning team was on it's way to a big game yet the coach acknowledged the hard-working, supportive band that was there through thick and thin. "We did it together. We did it together. And we don't want to go nowhere without you. I promise you that." (The team played well and won the big game while the band was there doing their job, too. Teamwork.)
This thing called life: we do it together. It is teamwork. Our talents are given and to be used for the common good. Let's all do our best in what we do best and remember to give a shout-out to each other. --Ruth Gates
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