BLOOM – Be Your Own Beautiful Bloom
by Liz Giertz, Contributing Writer
The rose is not jealous of the daisy. And the redbud does not compare itself to the bird of paradise. And the peony doesn’t feel superior to the dandelion.
I stumbled across this perfect quote on line, but I couldn’t find who originally said it, “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
Each flower has it’s own unique characteristics that attract just the right kind of pollinators. The gifts God has given me appeal to certain specific people and so do yours.
Some serve in the kitchen and another holds the mic. Some quietly pray in the corner, while others glorify God with voice and instrument. Some are more comfortable with a mop and broom than with scissors and glue guns. Some have a heart for the children and others care for the elderly.
Some flowers spread their seeds far and wide with the help of animals and wind or water. Some simply drop their seeds right around them. It’s not likely that any of us will bloom on a big stage like Beth Moore or Lysa TerKeurst or reach people around the world with our faith as missionaries. For most of us, the fertile field is right in our homes and our backyards. But we all do it to glorify God and share our faith.
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Remembering that we all bloom for the same reason helps me to live this way. We were all created to glorify our God. His will is that all people would come to a saving faith in His Son. We bloom according to the unique gifts and talents He has given to us. We bloom when we serve His creation. We bloom to spread the seeds of faith.
Remembering the reason for blooming quiets the voice of comparison.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a pansy, a forget-me-not, or a tulip. None is superior to the other; we were simply created to serve specific people or situations wherever God plants us in order to spread the seeds of faith. We are all uniquely and wonderfully made for the same exact purpose.
But we don’t have to do it alone… Be sure to come back for Lesson 7 and find out the best way to bloom!
Blossoms of Fun Question
If you were a flower, which one would you be? Why?
1)Even if you’ve taken one before, I encourage you to compete a spiritual gifts test like the one found here http://www.spiritualgiftstest.com/test/adult. I know my top scores change periodically. What is you top spiritual gift? How can you implement that in the life you currently live? Who do you know that could benefit from it?
2) Read Romans 12:3. How are we to consider our gifts? For whose glory are they?
3) Read James 3:16. What are the dangers of envying another’s gifts?
4) Read Philippians 2:3. What attitude of the heart should we avoid in doing good? Which one should we embrace?
5) Matthew 5:16 tells us why we should walk in the good works God has prepare for us. What are some of the other phrases used to describe this in different Bible translations? What is the reason?
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