Inspirational Bible Reading
2 Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
There are many things we do everyday in our lives that never get recognized or noticed. Like most housework chores the only time they are noticed is when they aren’t done. We know that most of you do many of things for others because you feel called to and are not looking for any appreciation. However often when we are called to do some jobs it is easy to become discouraged. It is also easy to become tired of doing the same things over and over again for the same people. Especially when the job you are doing is being taken for granted or even criticized.
In the book “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt the author uses crayons as an analogy for real life situations. The crayons write letters to the young boy who is about to use them. It’s a creative insight into our feelings about overcommitment, burnout, stress and under-appreciation.
Daywalt begins his story with the vibrant red crayon. Do you ever feel like you are working harder than everyone else? That you even have to work on holidays? What was it that the red crayon admitted? Sometimes it’s good to say I need a rest and actually do it. Be sure to take care of yourself too when you are feeling overwhelmed.
How about the purple crayon? What was his issue? Pride, OCD? What circumstances in our lives make us feel like our colour is taken outside of the lines? Sometimes we think we will be secure when we try to control everyone in our lives.
Poor beige crayon? Why was beige crayon envious of brown crayon? Sometimes we see God using other colours in the ”crayon box” to do things that we would like to do. Sometimes we get tired of the colours God has asked us to use. Sometimes others seem so much happier using their colours that we’d like to try someone else’s colour for a while.
The grey crayon was just plain tired of doing big jobs. He still wanted to use his colour, but wanted to scale back a little. When is this OK?
I think that the yellow and orange crayon have been on a committee together? What happens when two colours want to do the same job? How can this be solved?
How about blue? Blue was short and stubby. How can we relate to to Blue? Could he have been broken? How does God use our broken crayons?
Have you ever felt like the peach crayon? Have you ever felt that your pretty packaging was ripped off and you were exposed? What did the crayon do? It takes courage to step outside the box again after a wound. God can take that difficult circumstance and cover us up with his garments of love and forgiveness every day. Nothing can separate us from his love.
Sometimes we feel invisible like the white crayon. We do all sorts of things for others and it feels as though no one even cares or notices. We can be assured that even though others may not notice the little things we do God sees it all and he is in the details.
There is a story about a woman who was tired and feeling empty. She had used all the proverbial crayons in her box.
She was given this book about the magnificent cathedrals in Europe. As she reads this book she realizes why it was given to her. No one knows the names of those who built the great cathedrals. Every aspect of the building was built by someone who had a special talent or skill. Building the church was their livelihood and the builders spent their entire life working on something they’d never see finished. These buildings took years to complete. The builders made great sacrifices and were proud to be part of the project. Their faith kept them going day after day knowing that God saw what they were doing and that was enough for them to persevere.
As she read the book she remembered that the things we do for others without thanks can create everlasting beauty. That even though we may not see the results of our efforts today we know that one day our efforts will reap a harvest.
The story continues of a man who was carving a bird into a wooden beam high in the rafters. Someone asked him why he was spending so much time on a detail that would be covered up and never appreciated. The sculptor replied, “Because God sees it and knows every detail.”
Soon the woman became aware of who sees all. She realized the small part each builder had to play was necessary in order to complete the massive project.
God gives us many colours in our crayon box to use. Even though we may get tired of the colours he has given us he has a purpose for each one of them. Even when our colours are invisible, taken for granted or criticized. God especially uses our broken crayons. He can take the broken and melt them down to refine them into stronger more vibrant colours.
No matter what stage of life we are in. God calls us to use all the crayons in our colour box. He sees every colour we use and how we use it. He is preparing a place for us and is waiting to reward us with a crown of jewels made with each of those colours in your box. Get excited, step out and use the colours to build a cathedral. Know that God sees and cares about even the tiniest of details. The masterpiece is waiting.
We are all building cathedrals everyday with everyone we encounter. Let is not grow weary of using the colours in our colour box that are uniquely ours. At the proper time we will create a masterpiece if we do not give up. Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people. Especially those who belong to the family of God.
- Red tablecloth with burlap and black runner.
- Alternating coloured handkerchief napkins.
- Crayon box favours.
- Vases made from crayons glued around tin cans to hold vibrant locally grown tulips.
- Elisabeth’s mothers antique china from Germany. Did you know she even has the beautiful little soup bowls with tiny handles on them that came with the set? Oh…I love it!
Delectable, Home-made Meal
Appetizer -Colourful and creatively cut veggies with dip-
Grilled Cheese Bar:
– mixed sliced cheeses
– meats and veggies
– a variety of breads and spreads
– a hot panini press.
Sweet Treat– Schaum Meringue Tarts topped with rainbow fresh fruit skewered kabobs –
Seasoned after thoughts…
This theme was timely because looking out the windows there was still so much snow around and spring was slow in coming that year. The pop of vibrant colour of the decor and tablescape were good for the soul. We enjoyed the fun decorating scheme and the variety of ideas that were easily accessed to help us round out the theme. The message of the children’s book was a lighthearted way to remind participants that their gifts are unique and important. We also impressed upon them how important it is for those who serve to take care of themselves mentally and physically as well. The food was delicious and prepared creatively with love.
We finished this lovely meeting with the reading
of the poem Mixing Colors.
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