I have been blessed in my life to know many people that have talents that often make others envious. You know folks like that. They can sing like an angel; paint pictures that look more realistic than the actual subject; mesmerize listeners with their eloquent speeches; play instruments making them sound heavenly; write in ways that draw you into the story; lead in ways that would make the Pied Piper jealous; listen so intently when you need it most; help others without a thought about their own needs; and the list could go on. We need these people in our lives. And, may we never forget that they need us to help complete their lives. You can have all the talent in the world and receive continuous accolades for your abilities, but if do not feel appreciated, accepted, and loved, you soon begin to doubt yourself. It is true that we must love ourselves first, but we must also make sure that those we appreciate and love know it. I often say that each of us is a unique unrepeatable miracle of God. We may be unique, but we live in community, not a bubble. Make sure those you love hear it from you while you still have them in your life. We are not promised tomorrow. Colossians 3:14 is a great reminder: “Above all, be loving. This ties everything together perfectly.”