Y-O-U-nique

Sarah watched as Avery took the stage to deliver her candidacy speech. I wish I could do that. Avery spoke with such passion and conviction. Everything she did was amazing. She was going to win the presidency for sure. After the assembly, the classes voted. Avery was announced as student council president. There was lots of clapping and hooting as everyone congratulated Avery on her win. 

After school, Sarah went to the math lab for tutoring. Sarah’s teacher, Mr. Peters, had convinced her to volunteer on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s after school, helping other students who were struggling in math. Sarah loved math and quickly grasped new concepts. She also seemed to have a talent for explaining those concepts to others in a way that made sense. She had received many thanks and compliments from both teachers and students.

When she entered, Sarah was surprised to see Avery signing in. What was she doing here? Was she here to tutor students? Were they going to replace Sarah with Avery? Suddenly Sarah was very nervous. She approached the table where Mr. Peters was assigning students to small groups and individual tutors.

“Oh, Sarah! You are just in time. I need you to work with Avery today.” Sarah noticed that Avery looked a little embarrassed to be there. “Sure.” She turned and indicated a small table in the corner. “How about over there?” Avery nodded and made her way over as Sarah picked up her materials from the teacher. “Hey, a word of advice. Avery really struggles in math and she can be argumentative. I placed her with you because I believe you can help her. Just be patient.” Mr. Peters smiled as he handed Sarah their things.

Sarah was surprised. Avery struggles with something? Sarah said a quick prayer as she made her way over to where Avery waited looking anxiously at her math work.  They spent the next hour going over Avery’s math, Sarah explaining where Avery was missing steps or getting the formulas confused.

“Oh my goodness!” Avery sighed. “I feel like I’ve learned more math in the last hour than I have in the last four years. I wish I could be like you.” Avery began packing her things.

“Me? That’s crazy. You’re senior class president and involved in more clubs that I can count. You’re so confident and commanding. I wish I could be more like you.” Sarah completed the tutoring log and passed it to Avery to sign.

“You know, this reminds me of my devotion verse from this morning. I hadn’t figured out how to apply it until now. It’s 1 Peter 4:10-11, ‘God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.’” Avery finished signing the log. “I don’t understand math like you do and I am definitely not patient enough to explain it like you did. You totally have the gift of helping others. My mom says I have always been assertive, so being a leader is like my gift. Both gifts are important and both should be used to glorify God. But we each have a gift that is unique to us.” 

“Wow, I’ve never thought of it that way before.” Sarah smiled at Avery. “A Y-O-U-nique gift.” 

Avery laughed. “That’s one way to put it!”

Follow Up Verse

1 Peter 4:10-11 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

OPERATION: ACTIVATE

What gift(s) has God given you? Are you using them to serve His kingdom? If you’re not sure, ask God to reveal to you what your gift is and how He wants you to use it. 

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