August 18, 2019

How we all Contribute to Society

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“And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”—1 Corinthians 12: 6-13 (KJV) (italics added)

It’s natural to compare ourselves to others. If we don’t feel we measure up to the “norm”, that’s not constructive. The truth is that our differences can work together to makes us stronger as a whole. Diversity in appearance and personality can bring a unified strength.

Some people are very comfortable in social settings, for example; others are not. Individuals on the autism spectrum are socially awkward. They still contribute to society.

Kodi Lee

This 22-year-old is an America’s Got Talent contestant. He is blind and autistic He isn’t skilled in the social graces, but he’s a musical savant (“learned” in French. It signifies an over-the-top scholar in that area.)

He’s one of only 25 known people in the world who can instantly remember and/or replicate everything he sees and hears, has perfect pitch, and shows a natural inclination for music.

The point is that Kodi isn’t less of a person because he’s socially challenged. That isn’t his area of expertise, that’s all; music is.

Here are some interesting facts about Kodi Lee. (Please view this video for more details.)
  • Had 30 tantrums a day before he discovered his gift for music.
  • Plays more than six instruments
  • Recently started tap dancing
  • Has played at many venues, including Carnegie Hall

My Conclusion (Quotes taken from

“I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.”-- Ken Venturi
“I feel like it's actually everybody's responsibility to use whatever platform they have to do good in the world, basically, and to try to make our society better, whether you're an accountant or an activist or an athlete or whatever it is. I think it's everybody's responsibility.”--Megan Rapino

What is your gift?

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