Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord (1 Cor 12:4-5)
Human nature being what it is, we may compare ourselves with others. In doing so, we may feel that we ‘come up short’. This is where the Body of Christ or community model is much more helpful. We each have gifts; we each have a role to play. The application to any team situation is clear. We each need the other to be able to do our best. This has been referred to as ‘a synergy of purpose and practice’. Or that the body of Christ brings us to eternal life.
Due to their delicate developmental situation, young people can also compare themselves with others which may buffet their self-esteem. Rather, our task is to help young people focus on the role that each of us can play and how much more we can achieve together. When I discover and develop my giftedness, using my gifts to build community, I honour the source of all goodness – God.
Have a great week!