This is a tale of two very different sisters. One I’ll call Carolyn. The other I’ll call Sandy.
Several years ago while their mother still lived, Sandy often flew from her home in Texas to Orlando, Florida where her sister, Carolyn, lived. From there the two sisters drove the four hours to the nursing home in Georgia where their mom lived.
Those drives in themselves showed the two sisters’ differences from driving styles to choice of music. No. Sandy did not want to hear Carolyn’s Neil Diamond CD again.
But sharing a hotel room for four days really brought to light the sisters’ many differences.
Like the castaways on Gilligan’s Island, and their three hour tour, one sister is like Mrs. Howell. The other is like Gilligan.
When sharing living space in a hotel for four days, the first job that needs taken care of is to stake out your claim on the bathroom counter top.
The next job is to set up your suitcase. Or cases, depending on which sister you talk to.
Of course after you get settled in, there is the need to make yourself at home.
Once that is taken care of, you need to decide which shoes to wear.
But in the end, despite whatever differences there may be, these two sisters realized the important thing to know is that the reason for the trip was well worth the effort to put aside any differences they may have. (And let me tell you … there are a lot of differences.)
Just as we are told in 1 Corinthians 12:12-21 there are many different parts to the body of believers. There are many different ways of doing things. Nevertheless, whether someone needs twelve pairs of shoes over a four-day period– just in case–or two, every person in God’s family is important.
Every family member matters.
So my question to each of us is this. How are we using the individual parts and pieces God put into us, to accomplish his will in this world? How are we his hands and feet?
We don’t have to fit into the mold of a Lovey Howell. Or a Gilligan. We just need to be willing tools in the hands of the Master.
I wish you well.
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