Relationships: Can You Appreciate Differences in Gifts and Abilities?

“Mom, I did a better job than you in organizing the food.”
“You sure did Michael,” I opened the pantry and observed all the food and cans neatly lined up.
“You are such a great organizer and a good helper. I appreciate that about you.”

The kids and I had cleaned out our kitchen pantry which was in such bad shape, there were cobwebs among the many outdated cans and other food.
“Mom, do you like to organize?” Ingrid, my daughter, cleaned off some of the dust on the packages of food.

“Not really. Isn’t it obvious?” I chuckled and she laughed. “I like things organized but I feel overwhelmed when I look at a mess. In contrast, my friend, Lidia has the gift of organization. She sees a mess and sees a challenge.” Seizing the teachable moment, I continued, “That is why we need each other. I have other gifts such as in the teaching area to help you.

We all have our strong and weak areas. That is why we need to work together. We don’t need to criticize each other, just recognize that we have different abilities and use them to help each other.”

I put some finishing touches on organizing my multitude of tea boxes and reflected on how we either criticize ourselves or others for not being good in every area. How much better off we’d all be if we could simply appreciate each other’s strengths and cover each other weaknesses with our strengths.

How about you? Can you allow people to have weaknesses without criticizing and simply fill in the gap with your strength? Can you accept your areas of weakness and let others offer their strength to help you? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his
faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8 (NIV

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