Know what these pictures are? They’re cakes. That’s right, every single part is edible. My daughter-in-law’s friend has her own bakery, called “Short & Sweet”, and she specializes in cakes that look like anything you want. She has a real gift, and is able to use it in her daily work. How satisfying that must be. I’m sure there are many who don’t get that opportunity. The Bible tells us in Deut. 8:18 to remember our Lord, because it is He who gives us the ability to produce wealth. The book of Romans tells us that we all have different gifts, and that God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. It is wonderful to find the gift that God gave you, and spend your time knowing you are doing it and pleasing Him. There is really nothing else more important than pleasing God. God gave everyone a gift of some kind, but some people just haven’t found theirs yet. Or may already be using their gift, but never viewed it as such. 1 Cor. 12 has many gifts listed. Discovering it can be as easy as letting God know we want to do His will and asking him for it. Do you know what the greatest gift of all is? Paul tells us its love, and that we should desire it eagerly. But back to our cakes for a minute, because I think they illustrate a good point. I wouldn’t desire these just by looking at them, because I wouldn’t know what they were. Appearances can be very deceiving, can’t they? We get a shiny new car that looks gorgeous, only to find it’s a clunker. We sit down to a meal that looks great, but tastes awful. God tells us to take a better look. A deeper and more thoughtful one. Galatians tells us that God Himself does not judge by external appearances. John 7:24 says “Stop judging by mere appearances and make a right judgment.” We may look at homeless street people and make many false assumptions, when we really know nothing about them. Except their appearance. There are also many other things in this world that would deceive us. The Bible tells us that even friend deceives friend. Satan himself is an angel of light. So when we pray, let’s ask God for discernment for things of this world. And take a second look.