It’s that time of year again.  School is starting and so is the work that goes into putting a classroom together for students.  As we unpacked, Laney crawled over to a box, pulled up, and began pulling things out.  Was it helpful?  Not really, since those things didn’t need to be pulled out.  But it was helpful in that it brought unbelievable joy to our hearts to see how sweet she is and that she wanted to do as we were doing.  Her gift was her presence, if nothing else.  Because Laney was there, what was usually tough and frustrating work became light and fun.  We laughed, made faces, and called out to each other from across the room with love in our voices.  THAT is helpful.


14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. —1 Corinthians 12

Nothing that you do is insignificant.  You play a part in the kingdom, a part that may NEVER be fully realized.  But Jesus died to bring you into a family where just your sheer presence is enough.  It was God’s good pleasure to graft you into His family tree of life (Ephesians 1).  You don’t have to be a professional.  You just have to be present.

28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. —Matthew 11

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