- 1 Corinthians 12:1 (NLT) Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this.
Turns out that as the last couple arrived for a Christmas potluck dinner, their hot casserole dish slide off its tray and crashed to the floor in the entryway. The sound of the crash and the accompanying groans brought the rest of the guests running to see what happened. And they instinctively began to try to help…
A lady with the gift of mercy waded through the mess to hug the tearful wife who had dropped the dish offering condolences, explaining that she knew exactly how she felt.
Another gal with the gift of leadership starts assigning various clean-up tasks to those “just standing around”.
A fellow with the gift of teaching began to explain that a plastic dish with a sealed lid would have prevented the accident. (I’ll not tell you what the lady who actually had the accident wanted to say to him.)
Another person with the gift of giving volunteered to drive to a nearby deli and pick up more food.
And a person with the gift of prophecy started explaining the spiritual lesson that could be learned from the incident—that is until he got “the look” from his wife.
Need I go on? Isn’t it funny how all of us are “wired” differently?
Knowledge is knowing what your “wiring” is; wisdom is knowing when to plug-in and activate your “wiring”.
Sometimes, the best thing to do is just give everybody a little slack and live and let live—this is especially true during the hectic, frayed-nerves, in-law filled, traffic jams, long lines, pitter-patter of little feet making a huge mess season that we call Christmas.