Life Lessons from My Crochet Basket
I have always enjoyed doing things with my hands. My grandmother taught me to sew and embroider when I was a teenager, and through the years I have learned ceramics, stained glass, counted cross-stitch and quilting. Most recently, I taught myself to crochet. Crocheting for a left-handed person can be difficult because most directions and patterns are written for right-handed people and doing it left-handed is different. But after much practice and patience, I can do most any pattern and I find it relaxing to sit in a quiet place and focus on a pattern that will make something useful and beautiful.
While working on my latest project, it occurred to me that there are several life lessons that are reinforced as I use my hook and yarn. Here are two:
I’m sure that you can think of other lessons, and I hope that you will. But what I want to remind myself this day is that life takes work, it takes being mindful and aware, it takes patience, it takes diligence and it cannot be lived alone. God guides me through His Word and through the work of the Holy Spirit. I need to focus on Him and the direction He gives me. I am a part of a community and can learn from and be helped by others. It is then that my life will be useful and beautiful.
I also think that we need to be reminded of these lessons in our churches. The Church is the Body of Christ. Its care and growth requires us to be our best and give our best. Sometimes we don’t focus on God as we should. Sometimes we are selfish. Sometimes we are apathetic. Sometimes we don’t take God seriously. And from this lack of focus, the church loses its power to transform the world. God expects us to give freely and diligently of our prayer, presence, gifts, service and witness so that world can be made a useful and beautiful place. Lord, let it be so!!!
Rev. Tommy Holder will be scheduling team leader training for UMVIM mission teams this next year. If you have already been trained but it's been 3 years, you will need training again. If you have never been trained but feel God calling you to explore mission team leadership, this is a good opportunity for you to experience the missional side of the church. Please submit your name and contact information to Rev. Holder via email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2017.