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Topic: STIR (11/12/15)
- TITLE: Stir Your Own Pot
By Pat Small
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That put me in mind of the Apostle Paul’s admonition to Timothy to “stir up the gift that is within you.” (II Timothy 1:6) My fertile imagination spun off from the mixing bowl to the whole subject of gifts. From subject to subject, I covered the entire spectrum. I remembered that Christmas is just around the corner, and my mind wandered to memories of years past. Squeals of delight as wrapping paper yielded to frenzied little hands, and the coveted toy appeared. My now teenaged grandchildren seem to be more delighted with cash or a gift card. But never mind; those are still gifts, albeit less exciting for me to choose and give. I contemplated the idea that a gift does not require excitement, at least on the part of the giver, to be appreciated.
Eventually my mind got back to the cake, even as I mused over the list of spiritual gifts I could remember, trying again to determine my particular gift, or gifts. Preaching – obviously not. Teaching – not too good at that either. Giving, mercies, hospitality, exhortation, administration…. Well, I do like to boss people around. I wonder if that counts. I have organized a camp kitchen, including menus, purchases and supervising the cooks. Everyone got enough to eat, the cook didn’t quit, and I stayed within the budget. That might be it, I guessed.
On the other hand, I was also quite adept at exhorting people to get busy in the Lord’s work, or Bible study or witnessing. Maybe that qualified? I could usually get our young people to do what I asked. Our youth group had thrived under our leadership. I considered the idea as I slid the cake pan into the oven.
Hospitality maybe? The dear Lord knows our house has been a mini-Grand Central Station over the years. I could never even guess at the number of meals I’ve cooked or the snacks I’ve prepared. Not to mention the sheets I have washed and beds I have changed. Hmm, that’s definitely a possibility.
Wow, I think I have a lot more introspection and prayer ahead of me before I worry about stirring other people’s pots. In the meantime, I’d better check on that cake.
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