gift

Hi everyone,
 
Sorry I’ve been gone so long, but I’m back with a new poem!
 
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12 that God is behind every spiritual gift, and that means each gift and person has a purpose in the community. But sometimes we don’t feel like we’re equally important. We can’t figure out our spiritual gifts, or the ones we do have don’t seem like they do as much as somebody else’s. We feel simply inadequate to do God’s work.
 
This poem was inspired by wise words from my brother, who reminded me that Jesus is not just looking at the number of good things we’re doing or the number of people we’re physically helping with our talents; instead, He’s really looking at how we live the lives to which He called us. Reflecting on this, I realized that with Jesus’s power, our talents will help us reach and be all we can be no matter how small our talents seem to us.
 
God bless,
Morgan
 

gift (noun): 
  
gift: willingly given without payment
    something you offer
                   in outstretched hands.
Each of us has gifts
    bestowed on us by God
to share with our
    broken, hungry planet.
our gifts 
      do not always reveal themselves
  wrapped in bright paper
          neat, with bows and ribbons
     and simple answers. 
sometimes we wonder 
     what they do, exactly? 
You stand here with yours and
        you want to give it,
    but it feels so intangible
        sometimes and
                 does not seem to go far,
           does not seem to touch enough lives.
wise words: stop tallying up how many,
       how much, how often.
when you stand at the pearly gates
     Jesus will not have an abacus 
         to count off exactly how many people you fed
              or talked to or gave to,
     He will look at how you lived;
more wise words: live your life,
       period. live and be a silent witness;
   giving without counting, loving without bounds. 

 
(Acknowledgment: Thanks to my godmother who helped edit this poem, and to my brother for his wisdom)
 
Creative Commons License
gift by Morgan Prettyman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Duncan
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 07:56:35

    That was really great! I really like it. 🙂

    Reply

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