Using God's Gifts

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,- so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;- if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; - if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (Romans 12: 4-8 NIV)


Little wonder she chose the local post office as the spot where she would stop on her daily rounds to distribute free copies of the inspirational book she has written. In this age of all forms of social media and the drive to make us a paperless society, when the time comes for the mail to be up, people still converge on the local post office as if a dinner bell has been rung. The lady with the books has found a way to capitalize on this age-old habit.

Dressed in athletic attire that complements the good shape she is in, particularly for her age, a baseball cap added as a flourish, she seeks out someone she feels is either deserving or in need of a boost. She cheerfully fishes a copy of the small, colorful book from the zippered pouch she wears around her waist and hands it to the day’s recipient. She is clearly on a mission.

The day I was the lucky person she chose, she explained her desire to share her book by singling out people she feels God has put in her path. I have to admit I was curious about what was between those two covers, as I had watched her go about her business on several prior occasions.

From the text, it was clear she is passionate about her faith and wants to inspire others to join in her pursuit. The brief bio at the end of the book describes her rich, vibrant life which is still going strong in retirement. A proponent of a good health regimen and time spent daily in devotions, she feels these are the means by which we reap the hope and encouragement that make for a well-lived life.

You never know what might happen on a routine trip to the post office. You just might get a lesson in being creative about how you share your faith. As I watched the lady disappearing into the bank parking lot across the way, it struck me she has found an unconventional avenue for hers which, as just another example of God’s great mystery, works.

Dear Father, May each of us find the best outlets in which to use our God-given gifts in ways that will glorify Christ and be supportive of your kingdom. Amen.

Carol (NC)