Have you been to Nori Asian Fusion Cuisine in Fort Wayne?
If not – stop what you are doing and go! Phil and I went a week ago Sunday after church and loved it so much we went back for lunch on Thursday with our office.
The food delicious and beautifully presented. Nori’s decor is the typical red and black you would expect – but it is sleek, contemporary and stylish.
The owners are kind and extremely gifted. He is from Indonesia and she is from the Philippines. They hand painted the flowers on the wall tiles as well as the decorative paper flowers adorning the walls. What a time and labor intensive project.
When the owner discovered we were celebrating a birthday, she surprised us with Ube – a purple yam dessert. They go to Chicago to purchase the Ube at a large Chinese market. I never would have guessed purple yam was such a yummy, refreshing treat.
People like these restauranteurs inspire me to use my gifts to make our world a more beautiful, kinder place. They’ve worked hard to get where they are and they pour their lives into excellence in their trade.
|God has placed within each of us gifts and abilities to be used to bless our world. No one can say they don’t have a gift. Put your hand on your heart? Do you feel it beating? If so, you have a gift to share. Maybe it is encouraging a neighbor with a kind word or building a pillow fort with your kids. Possibly it is baking a pie for an elderly friend or babysitting kids so a single mom can have a few hours on her own. Maybe it is phoning a friend who can’t get out or offering your vacation home to a struggling family. Are you using your gifts to make our world better, kinder, gentler?|
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues ? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.” I Corinthians 12:27-31
“There are different kinds of gifts but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.” 1 Cor. 12:4-5
“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” Romans 12:4-6a
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
|May we use our gifts to show Jesus’ love to others. May we inspire others to make our world a little more like “heaven on earth”. In Jesus’ name.|
Cheering you on.