A reflection on 1 Cor 12:4-12; 27-31 by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
We hear in St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, "Strive eagerly for the greatest spriritual gifts." (1Cor 12:31) To strive, not just to want, I mean strive: to desire enough that you do it eagerly. What do we strive for in life? I had to ask myself this morning "What am I striving for? Is it to please God or men? Is it to strive for the spiritual gifts or those of which the world says Aren't you a great person?"
It's through prayer that we discover those spiritual gifts; and it's through serving one another that we discover our own gifts. Those gifts are important. St. Paul says: "Are all prophets? Are all teachers?"(ICor 12:2) In other words, don't be jealous of each other's gifts. The gift you are given is where you serve best. If you serve in another place, but it's not given by God, it won't serve anybody-- not even yourself.
So it's a matter of striving for the right things.