• Kate Clinton

Fields of Purple

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 “ 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. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”

One thing, from a list of many, that I love about living in the country is a good old dirt road. The kind with rivets from the rain that rarely get fixed because hardly no one goes on them. The kind with cobwebs that smack you in the face and scare you half to death. The kind that gives you more than your fair share of wildlife sightings. A guaranteed peaceful walk with hardly no interruptions. Unless you get in the territory of a horsefly. That can be terrifying and add a little extra cardio to the walk by trying to escape the vicious diving advances of those gigantic insects.

There are many fields situated on the sides of my favorite country road that have a beauty in any season. I love when they are filled with hay bales, a fawn, or even some glistening snow.

I noticed something new this year that I didn't remember from past walks. A beautiful purple hue that was blanketing the fields. I had to figure out what it was. So I went to Google, of course. After a little bit of searching, I found out that what I was looking at on my walks was actually called Johnson grass. Apparently, it was introduced in 1830 by an Alabama plantation owner, Colonel William Johnson (Wikipedia). While it was originally introduced to be a forage crop, over the years it has turned into a weed. called it a “burly bully”, which can grow up to 8 feet tall and produce 1000s of seeds a year.

I noticed something interesting about that weed. When I would pick off the seed head and play with the little seeds, they didn't look all that purple. But when you would look at a field of them, all working together, side by side, they were able to transform the color of the field.

We Christians can be like that if we work together. 1 Peter 4:10 says “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.” God created each of us with gifts that can be used to further His Kingdom. Those gifts can be used together. One can serve some cake while another teaches a Bible lesson. A person in leadership can set up ways that make it easier for others to give. Our individual gift can compliment the gift of another. And when we work together to do just that, we can transform our families, our communities, and our neighborhoods for God's glory.

Are you using your God given gift to do your part to change your world for Him?

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