This weekend I was invited to a beautiful, catered affair…. An afternoon book club at a friend’s gorgeous home. It was a special book club because the author of the book was there to lead the discussion. To start the conversation, the hostess asked us all to go around and introduce ourselves and say a fun fact because many of us had never met. The first lady owned a catering company, the next was a former Miss USA competitor, the next started a prominent charity, the next was an attorney, the next was in a top 10 music video, the next was a surgeon… you get the picture. Then it was little ole me’s turn. I could not think of one thing nearly as fantastic as what all of the previous women had said about themselves. I felt so out of my league!
Yesterday, when I was telling my sister about the experience, she quickly reminded me of how I spent last week- volunteering with VBS. I had the wonderful job of organizing the mission donations for the week. Each day I was overwhelmed by how much God provided that day. The campers, AKA God’s hands and feet, brought in 600 books on Monday, 800 toiletries on Tuesday, 3,000 diapers on Wednesday, 400 lbs of canned goods on Thursday, and 221 pairs of socks on Friday. All of these donations were delivered to 7 organizations in our community to serve those in need. Now, when I think of VBS, I can remind myself of how much God used me to do his service. I can find comfort in knowing that God made me, honed my skills, and then allowed opportunities for me to use the gifts He gave me. I may not be a surgeon, Miss US nor an attorney- but in God’s eyes, I am just as powerful for His Kingdom. This has been a great reminder to me that I need to look at God for His approval and not myself or others.
As we make lunches today, not one of us does it all. We may be the only person putting the sandwiches in ziplock bags… but before we even touch that sandwich, several other hands have already purchased the supplies, delivered them, set them up, and then made the sandwich to hand to you for the bag. Every single one of those jobs is just as important. Without each of them, the next could not occur.
This is just like the body of Christ. Romans 12:4-5 tells us “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” To me, this is a complicated way of saying that we all have strengths and skills. Some of us are leaders, others are doers, while others are organizers. Some of us think about logistics, others try to make things speedy and efficient and others are cheerleaders. All of these skills are important when trying to accomplish a common goal.
As I think back on the missions donated at VBS, I think about how everyone doing a little is what accomplished SO much. No one person brought in 1,000 items on their own. No two people brought in 500 items on their own. Instead, everyone pitched in some and with the sheer force of our numbers…. Everyone doing a little made a WHOLE lot. We each contributed to the Body of Christ to do His work and serve so many more than we ever could individually.
So, today, as we each do our “little” job in this big process of SLSK… don’t forget that each part is just as important as the rest as we all work together to feed others as the Body of Christ. Give thanks to God for giving you your skills and bring Him joy by continuing to use them to further His Kingdom.
Prayer: God, thank you for bringing all of us individuals together today to form your Body. Make us mindful of the gifts you have given us and how we can share them with others. We pray your blessings over these meals and the homes where they will be enjoyed. Allow this food to be a physical nourishment but also a spiritual reminder of Your love. Thank you for using your people to recognize a need and use your Body of believers to address it. In your name we pray. Amen.
A beautiful story of how God uses each of us!! I am still learning to look to Jesus for my validation and not anyone else!! Keep ‘elm coming, Brooke!!