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by Larry Davies
I dont mean to complain but the last few weeks have been pretty stressful.
Moan and groan! Have you noticed all the emphasis on me? Everything is about me! Whenever stress gets bad, it is often because of a dreaded disease known as: ME, MYSELF AND I. Youre afflicted when you make statements such as: I must do everything myself if its to be done right! You just cant find good help now! No one ever volunteers but me!
Are you catching on to the problem?
The me, myself and I disease infects most of us occasionally, but if you dont seek treatment you will suffer immeasurable pain, not to mention losing a few friends. Fortunately, God has a prescription for what ails us: quiet reflection, a measure of prayer and a solid dose of Bible study. For example:
Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service in the church but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are different ways God works in our lives but it is the same God who does the work through all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
The common interpretation of this passage is, All of us are different with various talents and abilities. But recently I noticed another lesson. Look at the second part of each sentence:
different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Holy Spirit
As, Paul promised, A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church. Our church functions smoothly and my stress level goes down considerably when I learn to stop thinking everything revolves around me and trust God to provide the people and resources we need. Lord, please replace my stress with faith in You! Now, if God would only help my dog sleep all night.
Author: Larry Davies
Publication Date: April 4, 2002
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