It’s up to us as parents and grandparents, spouses and friends, to lift up those in the body of Christ who we know the best, always remembering that our gifts differ and are wonderfully varied. If you’re in need of one more pep talk, read about the body’s many members and gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:12 for what may be your millionth time.
Yes, the feet, hands, ears, eyes, nose and funny bone complete the body. And we would be lost, and less, without all of them—without all of us. Today, spend a few minutes thinking about and thanking God for your own gifts, and this week tell someone close to you—or even a stranger—you’re thankful for his or her gifts.
I’m grateful to you, both introverts and extroverts (if you’re back from the party), for your gifts. But I give particular thanks to the introverts, because I know something about you and what a treasure you are to this church. I’m grateful for your thoughtfulness and listening skills, your empathy and vulnerability—your struggle.
This message is adapted from “Gifts of an Introvert” written by Julie B. Sevig in the July/August 2012 issue of Gather magazine.