"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” 1 Cor. 12: 4-6.
By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain
|My Mother, Marianne and Janine|
Ottawa, Canada during one
Every year, I learn what I'm not and get to celebrate the strengths of the three women I admire most in the world.
She's supportive, generous and has never been one to show favoritism. She celebrates each of our strengths. Whenever I'm faced with a decision, I ask, "What would my mother do."
For those of you who know Vera, you understand she is an empathetic rock.
There is nothing artistic this woman cannot do. Ukrainian Easter eggs? Exquisite doesn't come close to definining them. Photography? I told her she should sell them. They rival Nat Geo. Painting and card making? No one equals her.
I have to watch that jealousy doesn't consume me everytime she posts something on facebook.
There is no great or more tender mother in the world. Six kids call her Mom. Each of them is nurtured. Each loved for who they are--and she'd be the first to say, they are unique and sometimes difficult because of their individuality. She works long hours to provide for them. At home, she makes sure they have what they need. She's my baby sister--and sometimes I wish I had the privilege of being her mother.
You, too, have family and friends like these. People who sometimes make you envy. Remember, though, God has made you with special gifts and callings. Just as I cannot be like my sisters, you're not supposed to be like others. They can spur you on to improve your life--but don't envy them.
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