Monday, May 18, 2009

Impressive

Some Sundays, Checkered and I have a job at church. We did not volunteer for this job nor was I overjoyed when this job came our way, but we did say agree to help when we were asked. So once every month or so, we must arrive at church on Sunday an hour early to get everything ready.

We are bagel slicers.


It's a nice job, and our church seems to think it's necessary. The problem is that other people do our job before we even arrive and we do arrive on time, so we stand around and feel as though we're greatly in the way.We probably are. But time after time, we are asked to come back for slicing duty. And time after time, we go - only to pout about someone usurping our job.


The Lord is beginning to deal with me about my attitude. I am learning that willingness to serve is important. I am learning that graciousness is important. I am learning that humbleness is important.


Then there's this last thing I've learned. Because they slice before we arrive, we are the only ones on the team who have not cut a finger.
I suspect that the Lord still has a bit more work to do with me.

14 comments:

Julie said...

yeah for no sliced fingers, boo for getting up early!!!

Jeannelle said...

Good point there about the willingness to serve.....maybe its more important than actually serving. I've had similar experiences in the past, too, where I'd be asked to show up for a church job but then it seemed I wasn't needed once I got there.

Decadent Housewife said...

Well, you do have a point about getting there early with a young family and finding it was unnecessary. Maybe find a chair and chitchat with someone, or put your feet up in the library for some quiet. :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love your dry sense of humor. And the fact that you don't have booboo's. :)

Mental P Mama said...

I think that there is a message there. Don't know what it is. But a message nonetheless.

Cairo Typ0 said...

Not having sliced up fingers sounds like a good plan to me! Maybe they think you should be observing and will let you take over the whole job next time? Maybe...

Laura ~Peach~ said...

lol yep... and no cut appendages is a good thing!

Betty said...

I agree with Mental Mama...there is a message here, just need to figure it out! :) I admire that you keep on going, even though you feel "unneeded".

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

The Lord is looking out for you! You'll get to slice in due time!

Checkered said...

What was not reported here is that the slicers get first dibs on their favorite donut and/or bagel. That's what keeps us hanging on. It also helps to get the kids out the door.

Living on the Spit said...

There is definitely a message there...when you find it, please let us know.

Grandma Tillie's Bakery said...

What is it about churches, anyway? I have similar experiences where we are all asked to show up and then we climb over each other in the kitchen fighting over the same tasks.

That's it--no more Mrs. Nice Guy. I'll just bake a chocolate cake next time and sit and eat it in the corner with some freshly brewed coffee that took 10 people to make.

A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

Oh dear. I think I might be afraid to take communion after hearing about that morning's finger mishaps.

When I was a kid, our job was to up to cut the crusts off of Wonder bread and then cube it(while it was still a little frozen). It was the only time our mom let us eat NON whole grain bread. So it was quite a treat.

Lucy and Ethel said...

Well, not only are your fingers intact, you ARE making yourselves available for that dangerous job! It's not your fault someone else insists on doing it first.

Just being willing and able is a good thing, too :)

Lucy