When we learn appreciate the gifts God has given us, when we learn to answer the special call He has given to each and every one of us, we will no longer compare ourselves to others. We will no longer feel insecure. We will also begin to see ourselves the way God sees us.
Today, we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. It is a commemoration of when the disciples received the Holy Spirit as we read from the first reading and the Gospel reading.
But today, I’d like to focus on today’s second reading:
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.” — 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Yesterday, I was feeling insecure (again). As much as I try to avoid comparing myself to others, I couldn’t help it yesterday. I was feeling insecure with a neighbor and a really good friend who are able to provide jobs to others.
On this blog, I always talk about loving others and making a difference. But many times, I doubt if there’s really any difference that I’m making.
On the other hand, my neighbor and my good friend are able to make an impact in the lives of others by giving them jobs. They not only impact other their lives, but also the lives of their families — our family’s lives included.
I couldn’t shake the insecurity off until I attended anticipated Mass yesterday and heard the second reading and the priest’s homily.
I felt as if God reminded me through the reading and the homily that we receive different gifts and different calls from God.
We have been given different talents and abilities, different circumstances, different personalities, different ways to make a difference, and even different timing.
Maybe the difference I am making is not in the material sense, but the spiritual (I hope). Maybe my friend’s time of making an impact has come, but my time is yet to come. Maybe I will never be able to provide jobs, but maybe I can make connections, especially connections with the Father.
I still have a lot of maybes, but one thing is sure, God loves us equally, eternally, but in different ways. He has given each of us a different call and a different gift — with each gift not any more or any less than another.
Most importantly, the gifts He gives us work toward the benefit of His one body, that is, the Body of Christ, the Church. He has given us different gifts but one purpose — to love and to build up His Church.
My friend who recruited me to his team has given me a job that allows me not only to provide for my family, but also to write every day for God and His people. It has allowed me to serve His Church without thinking about where our next meal would come from. It has also allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a writer and artist for God while being able to pay the bills. My friend has made a huge impact in my life and, hopefully, the lives of the people who read this blog.
We don’t all have to be preachers, entrepreneurs, doctors, writers, artists, or even priests to build the Body of Christ. We don’t even have to be the best.
We simply have to be the best version of ourselves and be faithful to what God calls us to do. And many times, what God calls us to do are the things that are right in front of us. We just have to do them faithfully and in the best way we can and in the most loving way we can.
And when we learn appreciate the gifts God has given us, when we learn to answer the special call He has given to each and every one of us, we will no longer compare ourselves to others. We will no longer feel insecure. We will also begin to see ourselves the way God sees us.
His Holy Spirit is the antidote for every insecurity. Ask for His Spirit and you shall receive it.
"How much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?" — Luke 11:13
Your time will come.