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The Gifts Of The Spirit: Why YOUR Gifts Matter

GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT AND KIWI FRUIT

Truth is, I often feel like a kiwi fruit.

 

On the outside, this small fruit appears rough, dull, ordinary.

 

That’s me,” I sigh with my best Eeyore impersonation, “rough, dull, ordinary“.

 

Yet, shockingly, this “rough, dull, ordinary-looking” fruit is actually a powerhouse of nutrition, providing, ounce for ounce, the most nutrition value in a fruit!

 

According to one source, “just one serving (two medium-sized kiwifruit = 1 serving) provides:

 

  • An excellent source of vitamin C under FDA definitions, offering 60 milligrams per serving.
  • A good source of dietary fiber, with 4 grams a serving, 16% of the RDA.
  • A good source of potassium, containing more than 10 percent of the recommended dietary intake.
  • A good source of vitamin E, which is extremely hard to find in low-fat food sources.

In addition:

  • A potent source of antioxidants, containing a wealth of phytonutrients, including: carotenoids, lutein, phenolics, flavonoids and chlorophyll.
  • A remarkably good complement of amino acids–the building blocks of protein.
  • Very low in sodium and contains no cholesterol and virtually no fat, only about 1 gram per serving from the tiny black seeds.
  • A significant source of folic acid, copper and manganese, all of which are limited in the American diet.”

 

Who knew something so dull-looking could taste so delicious and be so nutritious?

 

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GOODNESS WITHIN ME

Some days I manage to forget what lies inside me; I forget that hidden beneath the ordinary exterior is a softness, a sweetness, a vibrancy, a goodness that makes me…well…me.

 

Slicing open a kiwi fruit, with its gorgeous emerald-green color and tiny edible black seeds, reminds me that I’ve got an awful lot of special things going on on the inside too:

 

a soft heart,

 

a sensitive spirit,

 

and God-given gifts of the spirit—unique talents—that, melded together, make me a stunning, beautiful, and extraordinarily unique person.

 

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OUR RESPONSIBILITY

Each of us is blessed with gifts of the spirit and talents from our Heavenly Father.

 

We each have a sacred responsibility to use those gifts and talents to bless the lives of others.

 “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophesy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” (1 Tim 4: 12-14)

 

LEAVING A LEGACY

Reflecting on my family history, I am reminded that my ancestors left for future generations a righteous legacy when it comes to developing and using our gifts and talents.

 

My 3rd-great-grandfather, George, had the spiritual gift of faith, which he relied upon throughout his life. His faith shone through, illuminating and transcendent, up to his last breath, as he bore a powerful testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ to his relentless persecutors as they stood by and watched him die, the victim of a tragic railroad accident.

 

His faithful wife, Mary Ann, a talented lacemaker in England, once had the opportunity to make lace for a dress for Queen Victoria. Mary Ann, now widowed, used this skill of lace-making that she had acquired at the age of six throughout her life to support her young family as they traveled west and made their home in the United States.

 

Their son, Amos, loved music. He played the violin, sang in the church choir, loved to dance, and called for dances. He was blessed with the gift of healing and was called many times to administer to the sick.

 

 

Their son, Nephi, my 2nd-great-grandfather, had a very special gift. He loved to read and often read aloud to his family. His daughter, my great-grandmother, shared,

 

“Even now when I think back I seem to hear his voice saying, ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.’ I often wonder at his ability to pronounce words and names since his schooling was meager, but God seemed to have blessed him, making up to him to a very great extent what he lacked in education. Having heard him read so much, I feel that God helped me, too, for I remember the pronunciation of many of the words and they are correct even today. It truly was a gift from God.”

 

On days when you are feeling ordinary, remember the beautiful kiwi, in all its emerald-glory, and go share your goodness with the world!

 

JOIN THE DISCUSSION: What gifts of the spirit has God bestowed upon you, and how are you using them to bless the lives of others?

 

 

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11 Comments

  • lisa

    I really love the comparison to the kiwi fruit . I love them. I do not think there is anything ordinary about us at all . We are all unique and have our own gifts sometimes we just need a post like this to remind us . Despite our roughness , despite the rough times we rest in faith and persevere .

  • EmiDiv

    Hmmn, this is an awesome article. Our characters and mode of conducts should emulate true believers, it is important that we remain clean both inward and outward. Please keep doing this.

  • Shannon Allen

    This is such a great post. Sometimes I feel rough on the outside and I feel like no one sees what is really on the inside. I need to search inside me and find what I can really use to touch others. thank you.

    • Olufunke

      This is awesome and a great reminder. No matter how rugged we think we are on the outside, we all possess something beautiful that someone else needs on the inside.

  • Kirst

    This hit home. It reminds my of 1 Timothy 4… “12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.”

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