A Folding Chair Ministry

What makes a folding chair so valuable?
It's uncomplicated. It's dependable. When not in use, a folding chair doesn't demand much care or attention. Most important though, the chair is portable. You can move a folding chair from one place to another without breaking a sweat.
A folding chair may not be the prettiest chair in the house, but function trumps beauty at times. A folding chair will provide seating wherever you need it. The chair was designed for service.
During the last few months, God has allowed me to embrace a folding chair ministry. In August, I spent almost three weeks in Arizona helping my son's family after the birth of their twins. My focus: ministry to family. Once I returned to Vegas, I switched my focus back to church ministry. After a sudden staff change left the college class without leadership, I enlisted a gal from my class to take over the teaching role so I could become the college group's interim teacher.
I've continued to bounce from one serving role to another since then. Rebuild the college class, and help reboot their midweek study. Plan a Women's Ministry calendar and budget. Train a new administrative assistant in the church office (result of another staff change). Tackle a major church data project for the staff. Ignore my blog site. (Yes, service does require sacrifices.) Help my parents with major house projects in Houston for a week.
I didn't design the diversity of those serving roles. Christ did. I've seen the Spirit's blessing and perfect timing in each area. And through this crazy, busy season of life, Christ has reminded me that I can serve Him in many ways and roles. All are valid in His kingdom. All involve submission and obedience. All beg for dependability without a bunch of personal drama. All can bring Him glory.
We don't have to fixate on a singular method of Christian service, only a single attitude: Wherever He leads, I'll go.
When's the last time you gave Christ permission to move you around in His kingdom? If your church and family are like mine, they might need a few more folding chairs.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Willis and Helen: They tackled life together

Tomorrow my father-in-law will face his first wedding anniversary without his spouse at his side.

My in-laws said their wedding vows on August 3rd sixty-seven years ago. They chose a small church service (tiny, by today's standards) on Sunday morning before Sunday School. From the beginning, their faith played a key role in their marriage.

Together Willis and Helen raised four strong, hard-working children who love Jesus. (I'm married to the youngest.) Together my in-laws nourished friendships, tackled home improvement projects, and served widows and families in need. Together they endured conflicts among their relatives, on the job, and sometimes in their own marriage. Together they coped with discouragement and disappointments, lean finances and long hours. Together they buried four parents and ten siblings. Together they battled cancer and dementia, first with Helen's mom and then with Helen herself.

Together was the way my in-laws did life.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says we're blessed when we can tackle life with someone at our side—with a spouse or sibling or friend, because two are better and stronger than one.

Though Helen is gone, Willis will not be alone on August 3rd. He will spend this anniversary weekend with a daughter and son-in-law, with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Facing the hard things together. According to Willis and Helen, it's the Savage family way.

Friday – August 1, 2014