"We have different gifts, according to the grace given us'
(Romans 12:6); "But each man has his own gift from God"
(1 Corinthians 7:7)
We each have our different DNA: Different Natures All! Just as
fingerprints are different, so is each temperament and each physique. This
is what makes life so profound and provocative. How dull our lives would
be if we all had the same predilections and elections. "For he knows how
we are formed, he remembers that we are dust" (Psalm 103:14). How easy
it is to become discouraged and to hate ourselves because we can't do as
much or as well as others, but it is God who has placed us in our
circumstances and it is He who has given us our talents. Surely He
realizes our weaknesses. He also knows that there are certain areas in
which we can do very well, for this is His mission for our life.
Even our bodily constitution is from the Creator, and we have to face the
fact that others are stronger, physically. One person has strength of
body; another may compensate with strength of will and be better
for it, too. Some have manual dexterity; others, dexterity of mind. Even
in thinking, there are differences. Some have logic and others have
intuition, but both types arrive at the same conclusions. This doesn't
mean that either is wrong.
In choosing His twelve disciples, Jesus chose across the board of
temperaments and physiques. They were busy, ordinary men who probably
wondered why they were chosen for the distinct privilege of walking with
the Master. He purposely chose clay that could be molded into His image.
We, too, have been chosen that His image can be stamped onto our hearts.
So let's not be discouraged at our lack of all ten talents, but give as we
have been given by the Master. Had we all ten talents, pride would wipe
away His impressions. (PENordman.)