It's amazing how different we are isn't it? I guess if we are honest, we have never met anyone like ourselves!
Yet in our churches today there seems to be a lot of effort put into "being the same". Folks get intimidated by others gifting, or feel insecure because someone is seemingly more important than them - or just feel that God could never use them and of course, if those elements are left unchecked, they will finish up bringing division.
So read this and be encouraged!
Once upon a time the animals decided they must do something constructive to meet the challenges of their changing social environment, so they organized a training school.
They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming, and flying. In an effort to bring uniformity all the animals had to partake in all subjects.
The duck was excellent in swimming. In fact, better than his instructor; but he made only passing grades in flying and was very poor in running.
Since he was slow in running, he had to stay after school to practice. He wasn't allowed to swim for fear of intimidating the other pupils. This was kept up until his webfeet were badly worn, so then he was only average in swimming. But average was comfortable in school, so nobody worried about that.
The rabbit started at the top of the class in running, but he had a nervous breakdown because of so much practice time spent in swimming.
The squirrel was excellent in climbing until he developed frustration in the flying class, where his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of the treetop down. He also began to burn out from over-exertion and in the end, only got a "C" in climbing and a "D" in running.
The eagle was a problem child and was disciplined severely. In the climbing class he beat all others to the top of the tree, but insisted on using his own way to get there.
He was not allowed to fly, because it was seen as an unfair advantage and was forced to climb in the same way as the others...
In the end he gave up left the school because he felt he wasn't good at anything...
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Let us rejoice and thank God that we are all different and encourage one another in the gifts we have!