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All eyes look to you, hoping,
and you give them their food right on time,
opening your hand
and satisfying the desire of every living thing.

Psalm 145:15-16

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There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; and there are different ministries and the same Lord; and there are different activities but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7

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My least favorite personal trait is my competitive drive. You might say, “Wait, what?” Our society definitely pushes us to compete – from sports, to bell-curve grading systems, even community service hours. But God’s not about competition. God’s about collaboration.

God gives each of us different spiritual gifts, not so that we can compete about whose is the best but so that we can all work together to serve the mission of God. It’s like the board game Pandemic. Players work together to try to save the world from disease. The Medic doesn’t compete with the Researcher; they collaborate, using their special gifts, in order to defeat the game.

The Christian life is like that. God has given each of us a gift, not to lord it over others or build a world in which our gift is celebrated and others are ignored but so that we can all work together for the common good. We have to work against society’s call to compete and collaborate – to save the world.

Jordan Haynie Ware

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Almighty God, giver of all good gifts, in your divine providence you have offered a variety of spiritual gifts for the building up of your Church: Grant that each person may use their gifts to support the common good of your people and that I may never forget that our common life depends upon one another’s toil, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

(Some phrases inspired by the Book of Common Prayer)

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My mouth will proclaim the Lord’s praise,
and every living thing will bless God’s holy name
forever and always.

Psalm 145:21

Jordan Haynie Ware

The Rev. Jordan Haynie Ware is the Rector of Good Shepherd Anglican Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Jordan is the author of The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (the Episcopal) Church and co-host of the podcast Two Feminists Annotate the Bible. She lives in Edmonton with her husband, Derek, and their retired racing greyhound.

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