Prayer: Help us to rely on those who can help us, O Lord.
Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 (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?
Reflection: I think it is human nature to think that we need to do everyone on our own. We think that we can “do it all” and achieve absolutely everything that we want to do.
But the reality is that we each have our own gifts and abilities and talents. I’m not good at mechanical things such as plumbing, fixing cars, or wiring. So, I rely on plumbers, mechanics, and electricians. But, I can write pretty well. And maybe those plumbers, mechanics, and electricians aren’t so good at writing and I could help them out when they need that skill.
Working together, we can accomplish so much. God has given each of us different skills and abilities to further God’s kingdom. When you get discouraged or annoyed, look around and see what skills others may have to help you. And God will show you a more excellent way! --Chad Hershberger
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