To Each His Own
I have been quite humbled of late finding that I have something to teach to an incredibly talented man. You see, my neighbor has a strong desire to learn music. His natural bent and education is as an engineer. Although a well engineered machine, finely tuned and running, can be like music to ones ear, his ear is not tuned to music. Having witnessed his depth and breadth of talent in so many areas, I was surprised that something that came so easily to me was, for him, a struggle. The mechanics of music he readily grasped and became proficient at. The pure joy of simply making or playing to music he struggled with. I realized from this that each of us has his or her own talents which, although perhaps taken for granted and underdeveloped, can be shared with others who are very accomplished in their own way, yet missing that critical something that only you can share with them because of your unique gifts and opportunity.
I am privileged, each week, to guide him on his musical endeavor. I, likewise, am privileged to learn from him skills that are as foreign to me as music is to him. We show each other patience, the depth of which can only be appreciated by understanding the facility for the teacher of doing what they are trying to impart to the student. We each are privileged, as well, to realize more fully the joy of a talent we may have taken for granted by seeing how it is prized by another not likewise gifted.
Deuteronomy says, “Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.” Corinthians tells us, “For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, ‘Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, ‘Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’; or again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’”
Our Father has given to each his own. We are all uniquely made in order to share with others what is needful to make them, as well as us, fully complete in those desires which our father has placed into our hearts, whether the desire be to make beautiful music or to make a cars engine purr. As in the song, a rose must remain with the sun and the rain, or it's lovely promise won't come true, so we must share those talents which come readily to us with others and learn those skills which come, sometimes, quite arduously, from others to us for God’s promise of our being made complete in Him to come true. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made, for a unique purpose, whether we realize it or not.