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  • Samantha Patschke

Rule of Life Day 1 – Why is he so talented?

When we see an artist at work, we watch in awe as he creates, a teacher explains something with ease, a dancer makes you feel the rhythm deep inside your soul, a preacher spreads a message, a gymnast seems other worldly, the quadratic equation is dominated only by a few, reading a good book is a hobby of a few, while horseback riding is another’s passion.

We are different. Made to be different. Designed differently.

In 1 Corinthains, Paul sits in Ephesus writing a letter to the people of Corinth. This letter, later know as 1 Corinthians, is reminding the people of this flourishing port city who they are in God.

1 Corinthians 12:7-11

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

You are better than most at X, your also not very good at Y. This is true for all of us. Why?

• For the common good. The talents we have been given are meant to bless others.

• As he determines. He gives us the talents He needs us to have to accomplish His will in our lives.

Paul’s letter is less of a motivational speech and more of a call to action. Does what you do contribute to the common good? Have you found the talents God put in you? Do you use them to accomplish His purpose in your life?

When you think about these ideas, do you feel free? Do you feel confident? Do you wish something was different? Do you sense peace?

Trust in your talents and follow them. They head to your purpose. Your purpose leads to peace.

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