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I know it’s an old cliche that states, “bloom where you’re planted,” but I couldn’t think of a better title for this picture. This iris bloomed far from the beaten bath; far from where I’d expect an iris to bloom. This plant was doing what its genetic makeup said it was born to do no matter where it was planted, even if that meant no one would notice its beautiful flower.
The test of our character is being what God has gifted us to be whether people notice it or not.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts.” 1 Peter 4:10 New Living Translation
Peter reminds us that we’re a gift from God. He freely and lovingly has gifted everyone one of us with his “great variety of spiritual gifts.” The question is not whether we’ve been gifted by God, but how we’ve been gifted by him.
When we understand that we are given as God’s gift to the world, we will also understand that he has called to be what we are even if people don’t seem to care.
Take this flower out of Jones Park and the scene isn’t as beautiful. Take you and me out of the world and God’s creation isn’t as beautiful.
So I encourage you, instead of worrying about whether you are making a difference in this world, simply be what God has gifted you to be, living to the praise and honor of the one who has saved you even if it feels like nobody is watching.
Copyright Douglas P. Brauner