In Sweetwater, Texas each year there is an event called The Rattlesnake Roundup. People go out to the countryside to capture all the rattlesnakes they can find. Like any kind of event like this, there are some strange categories for prizes. However, besides reducing the population of these poisonous snakes, they also milk the venom that will be processed into life-saving drugs for human beings. Strangely, the venom that can kill us also contains toxins that save lives when used properly.

Many medicines are like that. In proper doses, they can be very beneficial, but overdosing can kill you. The substance itself is not the problem. It just needs to be used in the right way at the right time.

As human beings, we should relate to this understanding. When we are out of place we can feel like we are in a toxic environment, or we can be the toxin in a given setting. Changing our place, environment, relationships or responsibilities can make us feel valued and appreciated. We just need to find our place in the larger picture of life.

When St. Paul wrote about being “all things to all people” so that he could save some, it was within a very limited context. It is unreasonable, and in fact, impossible, to be all things to all people. Just learn to be the best you that you can be. We each have only a part to play in the grand scheme of things.

It is perfectly alright to say no, to admit that what you are being asked to do is not the right thing for you to do. If it doesn’t fit your skillset or passions, or if it makes you feel out of place, then it is probably not right for you.

As we go through life, we change and our places in life change as well. In every time in our lives, we can be sure that we are still connected to the Giver of Life and still valued and loved for whom we are in that time. We are always known and loved by God.


170th Pioneer Church PicnicSunday, Sept. 15.  WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!