Many Gifts But the Same Spirit

This little quote in the photo speaks volumes to me. It is so easy to compare oneself negatively to what is often considered ideal by “the world”. Often, only a certain category of skills, accomplishments, talents, or physical appearance is deemed acceptable. No matter how strong our own self-esteem or self-confidence is, there are days when we assume we just don’t measure up.

Of course, we are wrong when we thing that. The Bible tells us there are many gifts but the same Spirit. So each of us is special. yet each needs the discipline to improve, learn, and grow. Everyone struggles/struggled to learn certain things. It is in the submission to the discipline of learning that we grow. In a way what matters, really, is the process. You see, each time we do that, we improve our ability to learn things.

It is exciting to learn and grow. Do you find yourself holding back at times? Or forgetting to set goals? I do! It is easy to minimize our own gifts and stand in awe of the gifts of others. Yet God calls us to more. He calls us to love His creation, include to love what He created in us. It is a life-long challenge to become the marvelous creation He made us to be. Yet each step of the way can be a marvelous, glorious mountaintop and mountaintop and mountain climbing experience.

Each person in our life is His gift to us. The joyful part of life is accepting and challenging each other to bloom and grow; and, ‘playing the sunset’, as Mr. Holland said in Mr. Holland’s Opus.

He told one of his students, “Playing music is supposed to be fun. It’s about heart, it’s about feelings, moving people, and something beautiful, and it’s not about notes on a page. I can teach you notes on a page, I can’t teach you that other stuff.” He, of course, was talking about music and any endeavor. It is about more than the tasks. It is about the gestalt, the joy. Do you lose sight of that like I do sometimes?

Perhaps when we lose sight of our master plan and vision for or life, we are reducing our symphonies to discrete, disparate notes. It is no wonder that on those days we feel as though we are off-key! But all we need to do is “clean our our spit valve”, “tighten our strings”, re-tune, re-group, and play again.

We have a life-time to play our symphonies, to dance our ballet, to write our story, to draw our landscape, to… get the idea! But somedays I just know—before that sun sets over the horizon, I must get out, walk, smell the air, hear the birds, turn my eyes to His mountaintops—and rejoice. May you have a rejoicing day :-). Play the sunset.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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12 Responses to Many Gifts But the Same Spirit

  1. Kate! Where did you find the poster?! It is amazing. I love it. Did you see the movie: May’s Boy?
    I’ve also seen it retitlted: The Woman Who Willed a Miracle. Have you seen it? It’s about a kid who was classed idiot/savant. I always think of him. He knew nothing — not even how to swallow, but became a genius in one area. A bit like Einstein, actually, only far more severe a case. Oh, I’ve said too much. Think I’ll blog, instead. Thanks for this!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      i saw the poster on FB, and I love it too. I have never heard of May’s Boy (or The Woman Who Willed a Miracle)—and I will have to find it! It sounds like my kind of movie. From what you tell me, it is wonderfully inspirational; and I absolutely love inspirational movies. Did you ever see “Rust” with Corbin Bernsen?

  2. Caddo Veil says:

    Oh Kate! I am rejoicing with you!! I’m glad you mentioned “process”, as learning is less scary for me when I understand that it will likely not happen all at once, today–and that is okay. It makes it more fun, less stressful. Playing the sunset today. God bless you abundantly–love, sis Caddo

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thanks Caddo—I too get overwhelmed. I get so impatient and want it to happen all at once. I want to be able to play my instrument beautifully the very first time I take it out of the box… seems that others literally do that. But of course in reality they do not. it is my fervent hope and prayer that today is a day of played sunsets, glorious skies, and wonderful love enriched moments full of lovely memories and moments. love sis kate

  3. I’m reading this beautiful post a little later than presented, but it stands to give a blessing for a beautiful day today. I love the way you express encouraging us to listen first to the “Master Conductor” for our symphony. It can be a challenge drowning out the other noise! 🙂 Debra

    • Kate Kresse says:

      oh boy it sure is a challenge, Debra! The clanging of everyday life can really distract my attention! i am happy, so very happy that you were encouraged, Debra. I am always so inspired by your posts….you amaze me 🙂

  4. reneeboomer says:

    Oh Kate. I needed to read this post. I truly believe God puts people in our path for a reason. I am thankful to God for having met you as your post are so inspirational. I admire your writing skills! Yes, I too ‘hold back’ often, thinking I am not able to do this or that. I work hard to build up my self confidence, although it is tough at times. I amaze myself when I learn new things and know I am capable of learning more and more and more…. thanks my friend and have a wonderful day. hugs. Renee ♥

    • Kate Kresse says:

      oh ditto, renee—you inspire me as well. my dedication to exercise is still there—but i am finding it hard to make time from a practicality standpoint because i am tutoring so much and driving to and from students so much–they are too far away for me to walk from student to student…working on getting back in the groove on that part. and i know what you mean about struggling to learn new things sometimes too. you have a wonderful day, too!! ❤ Kate

      • reneeboomer says:

        It can be difficult to fit it all in when you are so busy. Just do the best you can as you have worked so hard to lose all the weight. I am still cheering you on. 🙂

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