I read a post this week by a new blogger Renewal 180. In her post she starts off by talking about looking at chocolate in a store Her post is Chocolate; what a gift. That caught attention as a chocoholic. 🙂 Then she wrote about her personality type and God. It is a fun post to read.
I have to admit that any time I happen to wander into a store of any kind that boredom or confusion or both could set in very quickly. I am not sure if I would rather do laundry or go shopping. There have been times that I have entertained myself contemplating things such as if a team of Jedis played a team of Elves from Lord of the Rings in any sport, which team would win. Daydreaming in stores is how I cope, but it can lead to employees of the store thinking I am lost or need help as I stand there blankly staring at the shelves.
The interesting thing for me is that unlike Renewal 180, my shopping practices do not reflect my every day self in most other aspects. Especially when it comes to relating with other cultures.
Spending time with other cultures is an exciting adventure for me. Whether it is visiting people in their homes here in my city or traveling to another country, when I am with other cultures there is no hesitation, confusion, or boredom for me as there is while shopping. Shopping malls cause anxiety for me. International airports are relaxing for me.
In Brazil, they have a saying. Este e minha praia-this is my beach. It means this is my area of comfort and what I know best. This is where I belong.
The wonderful thing about being part of God’s family, the church, is that we God gifts and works through us differently. There is no cookie cutter for personality traits when it comes to being a child of God. God has wired us differently and God loves diversity. There is no reason to compare ourselves with others in the church. God brings it all together. Jesus is the one who is the head of the church and who guides us. As Ephesians 4 says:
“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
If we embrace this realization that Jesus gifts us differently and guides us all, then we will also understand there is no reason to be jealous of others serving. There is no need for competition with others. Our focus can be on serving faithfully with how we were created to be, the gifts he has given, and the calling he has called us to.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.