Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 4:10-11
I remember what it was like as a kid thinking that I had talent that I really didn’t have. I frustrated myself and everyone else. But you guided me patiently to realize what my strengths and weaknesses were and gave me the courage to be who I really am and to stop trying to be something I am not. That’s when I noticed my productivity for the good of others go up tremendously. Help me now to work hard at refining my strengths so I become the team member you want me to be in my family, church and community. Give me the wisdom to help other friends and family find their niche too. Make me humble enough to ask for help when you have put people in my life who are better at filling what I need than I am. We all do more to praise and honor you when we stay in our position and hone our skills faithfully to serve others. Thanks for making me a piece of the puzzle. I don’t need to be the puzzle but only a piece.
Pastor Don Patterson
We are all just a piece of the puzzle that makes up God’s masterpiece.