Butterfly bush with butterflyIs spring bursting around you? I’ve seen evidence at every turn. The cherry trees were the first to bloom around here. The Bradford Pear trees were next. While they look beautiful, they smell like a basket of stinky socks.

I haven’t seen a butterfly yet. I’m still looking because my grandmother used to tell me I couldn’t go barefooted until I’ve seen a white butterfly. Don’t tell her, but I cheat and kick my shoes off at the first sign of spring.

One of the things I have noticed lately is the symphony of birds outside each morning.

They play a different track every day and it is glorious to listen to in the quiet of the morning. I love how each bird brings his own sound to the mix. Let’s face it, if we heard one bird making the same sound over and over it would get old if not down right annoying. But when you bring a group of birds together and everyone does their part, it creates a masterpiece of music.

The Body of Christ is the same way. We all have gifts and talents the Lord has given us [1 Corinthians 12:1-12, James 1:17]. 1 Corinthians 12:12 says,

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.”

When we understand this concept, really understand it, then we will can appreciate the gifts others have without coveting them. We know they are important to the Body of Christ, but so are the gifts God has given us.

We need all of the gifts and talents, not just some of them.

While some are more visible than others, none of them is without value or importance. Just because something isn’t visible, doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. If that were true our hearts and lungs would hold not value. Personally, I’ve grown rather attached to my heart and lungs and I appreciate the work they do, even though I don’t see them in action on a platform.

What gifts has God bestowed upon you? Play your part. Sing your lick (stole that musical word from Harry Connick, Jr.). When you do, the song God creates is quite lovely.

** Take time to step outside in the quiet of the morning and soak in the reminder of God’s goodness and how you have a part to play.