For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10

   There are some 2,500 varieties of apple in the British National collection, and a similar number in the New York State collection, each with different habits, colors, flavors, scents and sweetness. Some would be worth growing for their beautiful names alone: in England the Reinette, Orange Pippin. . . Beauty of Bath, D’Arcy Spice; in North America the Maiden’s Blush, Northern Spy Winesap, and Wolf River. . .
   The apostle Paul exhorts his brothers and sisters in Corinth to value each other for their variety of gifts. Such variety comes from God, who delights to create in a myriad of forms. Variety is precious. Do not seek to impose uniformity on others, for they are individuals, endowed with different characteristics and gifts, and precious in God’s sight.
   Further, do not expect of yourself all the gifts that you admire in others. For each variety is valuable for itself, and we don’t look for anything beyond natural perfection in each apple of its kind. Neither should we expect ourselves the full perfection of opposites.
    If we do, disappointment is inevitable.   Fiona MacMath
Trust God for your day, ….Today