Saturday, April 19, 2008
Oil the Horns, Sisters
I attended the SHAPE class this morning and learned so much about myself and others. Those of you who know me are probably thinking, "Blah, blah, blah, here she goes again." But seriously, it was very cool. Did you know there are over 18,000 personality traits, 12 spiritual gifts, and 4 primary ways of approaching life, not to mention everybody's various life experiences that make up a body of believers? That is a lot to bring to the table. It is a buffet of conflict, misunderstanding, and hurt feelings waiting to happen. Sometimes it does. I see things my way. You see things your way. Interflock friction, to use Renee Swope's term, will occur. At the retreat, she presented a devotional on Psalm 23, The Lord as Our Shepherd. "You anoint my head with oil" refers to putting oil on the ram's horns so when they fight and butt heads, their horns slide apart. I love that! So, when we are all bringing our different God-given talents, gifts, and experiences to the table, remember that when it is all said and done we need to be glorifying Him, not ourselves. "Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God's righteousness." James 1:19.