“All the gifts which we possess have been bestowed by God and entrusted to us on condition that they be distributed for our neighbor’s benefit.” -John Calvin
I ran across this quote. Somewhere. Written in some book. Which I have long since forgotten. But the quote struck me enough to write it down. And I keep coming back to it. It keeps popping up in my mind.
What gifts do I possess?
I have many of the same gifts that most other people have. Time. Money. Words. Smiles. I might have some of these in more or less quantities than another person, but everyone has some measure of these.
What other gifts to I possess? Education. Knowledge. Experience. I know how to design software solutions. I know how to price match. I know how to diaper a baby (though not yet know how to potty train a toddler).
What neighbors do I want to benefit?
That’s the hard one for me – there are real, physical neighbors of course. People that live in my circle. There are “neighbors” that I work with. Neighbors in my family. Neighbors at my church. Neighbors are all over!
Am I really using my gifts to benefit others?
Sometimes. Sometimes not. I use my software skills to benefit my company. I use my baby diapering skills with my children. But it kind of seems that I should be benefiting my neighbors more. Not in a “full time, take lots of hours away from my family” kind of way. But I’d my eyes and heart to be open to benefiting others in impromptu ways when an opportunity comes up to say something kind. Or to make a meal for someone. Or to teach someone something that I know about.
I think sometimes an idea pops into my head of a way to bless someone, but then I don’t act on it. That’s a shame! That very thought turned into action could be just what a person needs.