I was recently at a management meeting with a number of peers. At the meeting I was encouraged to step up as one on a team to help represent our group and bring ideas to the leadership. I found myself conflicted. I had hoped to remain mostly a listener at the event and afterwards to head back to North Dakota and continue to do my own thing. However, being chosen by my peers and sent forth forced me to step up and become involved. Since then I have been pondering two things. First, we need to recognize the gifts and talents of others around us and encourage them to actively use them in our faith communities. Second, when we are called by our peers, and ultimately the Lord, to share our talents, we need to respond with generosity.