I was proud of my country last night. It's not the first time I've been proud of the United States, but last night I watched a team of first-time olympic competitors in men's gymnastics peform better than anyone could have expected or hoped. These guys made everything look so effortless, and they earned a bronze medal against all odds. They weren't expected to do anything spectacular, but they did. They used their talents, and they succeeded. There's something pretty amazing about seeing people use their gifts. Not everyone is talented with incredible gymnastic skills, but God has gifted each person with different talents. One of the great parts of my job is seeing people use their gifts for the benefit of others. Each Sunday I watch as adults love teenagers and care for them. I see people with friendly faces welcoming families as they enter the church building. And when everyone works together, the effect of a Sunday at LifePoint is pretty amazing. Even within this olympic team, different players held different roles, and each person gave his own uniqueness to the effort. The same is true for the church. Are you using your gifts? Are you a part of the team? If not, think about how God might use your uniqueness to play a huge role in your local church.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.