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Colleague’s Corner: Unity through diversity

Talents are gifts from God. We have all been blessed with abilities; however, not one individual possesses every talent. No one person can do everything with exceptional aptitude. Some people can sing, some can draw and others are good at math. There are people with thumbs that are so green they can make flowers bloom under any earthly conditions. There are those who are superior servants and others who are great at giving.

Do you ever envy the gifts of others? Do you ever want to be able to do the things someone else can do and never get the hang of it, only to spend wasted time trying to be something you weren’t meant to be? God made you the way you are because He has a specific plan for each person as well as mankind. We should not be envious of another’s strengths, and we should not be irritated by our differences. Realizing our own gifts and appreciating the talents of others helps us to achieve the goals God has set for us as individuals and as a people.

God did not mean for us to depend solely on ourselves. This is evident in the fact that everyone is so different. We must depend on Him and help one another in order to survive. If everyone could do everything with outstanding results, team work and unity would be unnecessary. Embrace diversity as it is the founder of unity. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:8-10) (NIV).

By Kim Ridley, registered nurse and nurse recruiter for Baptist

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