Last night we attended our sons’ sports banquet.  It was a time to celebrate the team’s accomplishments and for the seniors to officially “pass the baton” to the next team captains.

During the banquet, the coach shared a story about the attitude of his students and how each of us is like one utensil or another.  Coach said we are either here to serve ourselves or to serve others.  We are either a “spoon” or a “ladle.”

In our culture, where we spend more time taking selfies than turning the cameras around to take in the world around us, I was encouraged to see the coach celebrate the students who were serving in the community around them.

As a parent, I have been blessed to watch my sons serve others, at first along side my husband and myself, and now of their own choosing.  Serving at church, at school, in the community.  Choosing to make others the priority, not themselves.

I think of other students I have taught and known as a teacher and parent, those who have been trained up to look out and not in– to see others first.  I see them stepping into the lives of those around them, pouring encouragement, love, and understanding into the hurting hearts and hands of those who need the Love of Christ in tangible ways.

I think of the homeless I pass each day, the little things I can do to let them know they matter.  Whether it is a smile, or a dollar, or a meal, to give to them makes a bigger difference than if I were to keep what I give to myself.

My heart is that we will continue to train up the next generation and the next, to look to others, to be the ladle and not the spoon.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship (Romans 12:1 NIV).  


About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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1 Response to utensils

  1. Have you heard the story of heaven and hell? Both were long banquet tables full of food with people sitting on both sides. At the Hell table people were starving even though the table was full of food. At the Heaven table, people were enjoying the food. At both tables the people had really extremely long forks. The forks were so long that the people were unable to put food in their own mouth. Therefore the people at the hell table were starving because they could not feed themselves. The people at the heaven table were laughing and enjoying the food. They were using their long forks to reach across the table to feed each other.
    Something to think about.

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