Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Community

We Welcome You Wherever You Are On Your Journey

Saint Joan of Arc

Catholic Community

4537 3rd Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
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Phone: 612.823.8205
Fax: 612.825.7028

Uniquely Gifted for Mission: Chris Smith

"Your talent is God's gift to you.  What you do with it is your gift back to God."  Leo Buscaglia

When doing some dishes the other day, I reluctantly selected a James Bond movie to watch on Netflix to help make the time go by a little quicker. I hadn't watched a James Bond movie in many years, but what really struck me was Bond's time with Q. In almost every movie, before Bond begins his mission, he visits Q for the latest in gadgets and weapons-oftentimes seemingly everyday objects that have extraordinary uses. As Bond was given these items, I was asking myself when he would ever possibly use something like that on his mission.

As the movie progressed, lo and behold, he did use each item that he was given. Each item helped him achieve the mission he was given in its own unique way and often used in a way that I hadn't expected when given to Bond by Q at the beginning of the movie.

I feel like, in some ways, we really are not that different from Bond. Just as he was given gadgets and weapons from Q to help him achieve his mission, we have gifts and talents, given from God, to achieve our very own unique mission in life.  Some of these gifts may seem too ordinary to us to ever be useful, but just like in a 007 movie, each gift has its special role in our life to help us be who God created us to be.  We may see gifts and talents in others and wish that we possessed those gifts instead, but like Bond, the gifts chosen by God for us are exactly what we need for the situations we find ourselves in.  

You're good with numbers, or public speaking, or your memory is amazing-these are all gifts! When will your gift to listen really be that important? You're good with fixing things-well, who really cares? You know how to bring people together in tense situations-does that really matter? You can be positive no matter what-when is that really needed? You know how to make just about anything fun-when will that be important? You bring out the best in others and know what responsibilities to give each person to help them excel-that's a gift?

Yes, these gifts are vital to your mission and the sharing of God's love and mercy with others. Your gifts help bring joy into the lives of the people you share your life with. Just like the pen camera, repelling watch, and camera with blow darts that James Bond received were vital to his success at just the right time, your gifts and talents are just what you need to complete your mission to know, love, and serve God.

"Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them: if prophecy, in proportion to the faith; if ministry, in ministering; if one is a teacher, in teaching; if one exhorts, in exhortation; if one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others, with diligence; if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness." Romans 12:6-8