We all have those people in our lives that are the ones who despite all obstacles seem to have it together. They are the ones who are done with their morning jog at 7am, having coffee and reading the paper at 8am, opening the door for a stranger at 8:45, onto work form 9-5, commuting to work via bike, making dinner by 6, working on a project till 7:30 and reading by the fire with a cup of tea by 8.
Okay, I admit, this may be an exaggeration, but the point is, I feel myself constantly surrounded with people who do. Which begs the question to me, am I a doer?
My natural human instinct goes straight to comparison, no, no, no (as I shake my head) compared to these amazing people, I am so not a doer. I can't paint a boat sailing into the sunset in an evenings time, my schedule doesn't allow the consistency to lead a community group every week, I can't find one of my shoes in my messy house to go on my run to train for my half marathon, and half the time when I put something in the oven, I don't know that the end result is going to be any good. It doesn't help that on top of all my overly elaborate excuses, I am selfish; I like to come home, to be by myself, to be able to watch Hawaii Five-O on Netflix two nights out of the week, and to have no plans is okay by me.
Yet, I look around at these people around me, the people I'm inspired by, they are more often doers than they are watchers. Is there a balance where sometimes you can be the person on the volleyball court, putting in a full effort to win the state championship, but sometimes you can also be the person who sits on the bleachers at the football game routing for the athletes who can do what you can't? Who's the referee that gets to sideline me when I start to tackle on the volleyball court, or when I go to dive for the ball on the football field; when I cross over into too much? Or not my skill set?
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
"There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other."
This is full of rich and beautiful wisdom. That I may not have what it takes to do what these 'doers' around me are doing, but in my own way, I am a doer. As we've been hearing since time before time, we are all one of a kind, made by a one true God. Therefore, it kind of makes sense we all have different gifts that we can contribute to our community, to our friends, to our family. Instead of being jealous or striving for what those around me have and their gifts, how can I instead encourage them in their gifts this week?