In this world of billions of people, there is no other person that is exactly like you. They might look like you but they will have a different voice. They might have your same gift but they will use it differently. We are, like the cliché says, snowflakes.
So, why then, is it so difficult for people to understand that in a world of snowflakes that there is enough room for all of us?
Think about January in Cleveland. You wake up in the morning and catch a few flakes falling here and there, by the time you get off work; the ground is covered in snow. Your car is now a mountain of white, cold, wet flurries. Your feet are freezing because you forgot to wear snow boots. Those few flakes that you saw in the morning all landed in their specific place on the ground, your work building, your car, your house, until they melded together to create a blanket of sparkling white snow.
Without even trying, each of those tiny little snowflakes has used its purpose to further God’s plan of covering your vehicle in snow (I suppose this might not be His plan, but I’m gonna roll with it).
I am sure that by now, you have received my point. Though each flake is different and tiny, they all fall in just the right place and create something magnificent.
So, again, why the competition?
I know that as people we are bred to compete and in many arenas, literal and figurative, it makes sense to. But, in everyday life, it just makes no sense to compete when we really could (and should) be working together.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul writes to the Corinthians:
7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other… 12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body… 14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part… 18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.
Each of us (and I do mean each and every one of us) are given gifts, purposes, passions, interests and personalities for a reason. Each of us has our own uniqueness that allows us to give ourselves unto the world. None of our gifts work alone, we are created with full gifts that don’t truly work well without collaboration with the gifts of others.
A brand new house is only a plot until architects, carpenters, electricians, realtors, etc. come together to create, build and sell said house. Then, it is not a home until a family moves in and makes it their own.
We are individuals but we are created to work collectively.
We spend so much of our time competing against each other, that we get half the work done that we could’ve gotten had we put our egos aside and worked together. A little healthy competition gets the juices flowing, but when we are competing at a level where we are working against each other, rather than toward a collective goal, we are bound to fail. Why fail individually when we can win together?
On this huge earth, there is more than enough room for each of us, our talents, our gifts, our purposes and our passions to flourish. If there wasn’t enough room, we wouldn’t all have something unique to give, right? So, find your place and give your gift to the world. And when the time is right, work with others so that all of your gifts can reach the world.
Use your gifts, spread some love, go forth and flourish.
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