|Snow aftermath in late April|
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is in prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith, if it is in 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 12:7-8 (NIV)
Have you ever met someone who helped make life easier for you? I am speaking of when we are in difficult circumstances.
In dealing with nurses, I decided a long time ago they are called by God and given special gifts to perform their many tasks.
The Apostle Paul gives us a picture of the attitude with which a person needs to practice his or her gift. Have you ever been around someone who did not seem to be in the right position for their makeup? I have had that experience in several situations of my life. It was not a fun place to be.
On April 21, I had an appointment for my third day of radiation treatments. (I had two a day.) About 20 minutes before my appointed time, the phone rang. It was the nurse from the Cancer Care Building. Overnight, our state was hit with a very-late-season snowstorm. The place lost power due to the heaviness of that snow. This caused the scanning machine they used on me not to work properly. They needed me to come 30 minutes later for my morning session.
The whole time I was in treatment that morning, I felt cared about as well as cared for. They did not seem to know when the problem would be remedied. We were all in this together. They exercised their gifts to help me through that week. They had to use a different machine on me for two days (four treatments).
I learned several years ago that Spiritual gifts were given to us by the Holy Spirit for our employees, not our enjoyment. I believe we followers of Jesus should learn to use our gifts for the sake of the Kingdom every day.