make me a vessel

You can’t tell me that Paul never thought much of women (or at least, people who work in the kitchen):

“In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets – some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage.  Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.” (2 Timothy 2:20, 21)

That fits with the series our church has done on using the talents that God has gifted you with.  For example…

The Mom is busy these days with the kids’ club stuff, getting ready for the seasonal Closing.  She has taken some nice pictures of the various age groups, and gets to work on making nice borders for them; she’s copied the promotion certificate for those who are moving up to the next age group–now to print in their names, get the leaders’ signatures, and finish them off with a “gold seal”; she has to do the special Publisher ones for the kids who are finished with Club (and will be moving on to the Youth group)–“-so many- years of service, etc.”; and this weekend is the leaders’ meeting to plan the actual event where all these things get presented.  They usually have a meal of some sort, look at a slide show of the pictures from the previous year, present the certificates, and end off with a “build-your-own-sundae”.

So, The Mom’s gift is for organizing the details, but… every job comes with a part you don’t really like as much.  She always finds it hard to organize the leaders.  It’s not so bad if it’s something where you know what you’re going to do (like the Closing), but for an event where you need ideas, it’s just not her gift to get them motivated!  This is what always makes the service project they try to do so hard, because it’s something different each year.  However, it eventually does work out to be a success.  Don’t get me wrong, The Mom enjoys working with the leaders, she just finds it hard to lead them.

So, some things you do because it’s your gift, others just because it needs doing.

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