Last night we talked about Spiritual Gifts. Dave led us through it and we had a little test to take even. After the time, I gave the announcements, which included a little talk on volunteer hours.
Afterwards, I had at least 3 people come up and thank me for NOT having the gift of mercy. What I THINK they meant is--"thanks for telling us clearly and strongly our boundaries--even if we don't like them." I then also had a couple more people tell me I did a good job of explaining the why and what of volunteer work.
Apparently, I have the gift of announcements.
Really, though, I am thankful for their gratefulness. It is nice to know you are needed and appreciated. I think we all want that. We want to know people are glad for our differences--our strengths, even if they are different than our own.
I want to encourage all who read this to tell someone who is gifted DIFFERENTLY than you are why you appreciate their gift.