Date: Saturday, October 12
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:20-26
Verse: All who cleanse themselves of the things I have mentioned will become special utensils, dedicated and useful to the owner of the house, ready for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:21)
Many years ago I visited Mark Twain’s home in Hartford, Connecticut. As a fan of the author, it was a bit of a thrill to see the immense home in which he had once lived. There were huge beds, Tiffany glass, a phone booth, and so much more from a man whose celebrity had garnered him considerable wealth. In among the artifacts that brought the oohs and aahs, were some more mundane things – interesting because they were old and once owned by the author, but otherwise run-of-the-mill.
Paul uses the image of the utensils used in a mansion as an illustration of this piece of advice he has for Timothy. Not all people, like those utensils, stand out. Others are “ordinary,” but just as important, maybe even more so. Everyone who dedicates themselves to the work of the Kingdom of God has a place in it, and work to perform.
Mother Teresa, the nun who worked with the poor and dying in Calcutta, India, is reported to have said, “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” Take a moment and let that sink in. You and I are little pencils as well, with an opportunity to participate in God’s love letter to the world. May you and I, whether we see ourselves as ordinary utensils or little pencils, participate in God’s acts of love to the whole world.
Prayer: O God, put me in your hands and use me as an instrument of your love for the world. Amen.
Action: Take some time in the day ahead to write with a pencil, remembering these words attributed to Mother Teresa.
Respond: When have you noticed the ordinary among the extraordinary? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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