Tuesday, February 24, 2009


"C.S. Lewis once surmised that each person is created to see a different facet of God's beauty - something no one else can see in quite the same way - and then to bless all worshipers through all eternity with an aspect of God they could not otherwise see."
-- John Ortberg

I LOVE this! We talk all the time about how we each have specific gifts that we should use in the world, in our communities, in our friendships and families - gifts that support, encourage, and shine the light of God's love. I love the idea that we have that specific gift to help people see another aspect of God that they might not otherwise see! (It's like the story of three blind men experiencing an elephant for the first time - they each experience a different part and assume that's all it is (the trunk or the leg or the ear)... When in reality, they each only have a piece of the big picture!)

In many of the "gift inventories" that I have done over the years, I always end up with the gift of "connectedness." This is the gift of seeing how events are connected - in ways of learning and growing, and also how they connect us to God and each other. I think it's a cool gift - it's given me the ability to see the good and positive side of things. It's given me a spirit of gratitude - even through the darkest and saddest days. Often, when people describe me, they refer to this part of my life. Maybe, this is the side of God that I am supposed to share with other worshipers "through all eternity!" Goodness. That's quite a job!

What is the aspect of God that you see? What do you have to share with other worshipers for "all eternity?" I'm so curious! :)

Here's to God's MANY sides - and all the ways we can share them!

Things I am thankful for today:

1. Two turkeys in the highest branch of a tree on my way to work!
2. Three bald eagles!
3. Bill G's hug!
4. A "warm" day - 40 degrees!
5. Spicy Indian food - clears the sinuses!
6. Excedrin.
7. The hubby went to the drugstore for me.
8. Ireland - 1.5 weeks to go!
9. Ash Wednesday tomorrow - one of my favorite church services of the year.
10. Going to bed early.


Carol E. said...

You probably know mine: compassion. I want everyone to know how much God loves them and how special they are as unique human beings. Speaking of unique, where was your unique self tonight? We missed you!

Andrea said...


I am glad you found my blog so I could discover yours! And if 40 is a warm day, you certainly do need this scarf.

I hope you take lots of pictures of Ireland and share them with the rest of us jealous folks.

p.s. I love the quote at the beginning of your post. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. And I love seeing Carol's comment too. I like reading her blog as well! Anyhoo...have a lovely night.

Louis said...

Restoration. The first 27 years of my life I lived with chronic depression. I gave up all hope that I could be happy. It was when I stopped trying that God took over. It's still a battle, but I'm starting to see the man that God actually created. He's restoring me to my natural man, the man that would have existed from the start if sin was never found.

Wonderful post, thanx!

Megs said...

Carol and Louis - Compassion and restoration are both wonderful gifts! What a great way to witness to God's love in your life!

And Andrea - did you hear? Us poor folk in Minnesota are getting 4-8 inches of snow tomorrow? Goodness gracious!

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