If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

It seems that it’s not enough to use your gifts wisely, it seems like maybe your attitude is important here. It’s not enough to be kind to somebody, for instance, if your attitude about it is awful. You’re supposed to be glad about it. It’s not enough to just lead, you are supposed to do it with diligence.

Sometimes I think we feel more like the effort is what’s required, and the heart is secondary. Or we feel that “it’s the thought that counts”, even if our efforts are lame. Well… it appears we want to pursue both equally.

I wonder, when we use our gifts to serve others, if we’d have a better attitude about it if we remembered that we were actually doing what God wanted, that we were fulfilling scripture. It’s kinda like when churches of different kinds work together, do we realize in those moments that we are actually answering Jesus’ prayers… directly?

God, may we serve others, and you, with gladness, with diligence, with generosity, as we fulfill your will for us, that we might be a blessing to the whole world around us.