Tuesday, July 25, 2006

In "Other" Words

"One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few."

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh ~

My grandparents had a house on the beach when I was little. I can practically remember everyday that I spent there as a little girl. I went there for Spring Break and during the summer and then we would frequent there at other times in the year as well. My favorite thing to do was to collect shells! My grandparents would lay them all on the sea wall to let them dry and I took them home by the bag loads. Sometimes we made necklaces, sometimes we put them in lamps, sometimes my mom would use them on her plant hangers. I have those visions of those days as if they happened yesterday.

Anne Morrow Lindgergh was right about the shells...you can only collect a few and they are the most beautiful. I wonder what her "shells" were that she was referring to.

For the years that I have been a church member, involved in Sunday School, and leadership in those areas, I consistently have to remind myself to do things well. It would be easy for someone like me (ie...people pleaser) to be involved in a hundred things, but I wouldn't do them all well. They would only be done so-so. I don't think that's what God had in mind when he said in Luke 16:10 "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much..." If I tried to do everything, even the things I really want to do, and do lots of things at one time, nothing would come out beautiful. It would be this thrown together mess and it wouldn't be pretty.

I encourage everyone in Christ to do what God has called them to do...the very thing He has gifted you to do...the very thing He has given you a passion for. Most importantly do it well.

In Christ-



Anonymous said...

This was a great post. It is so easy to become a jack of all trades and master of none.

Amydeanne said...

sissy stole the words out of my mouth.. I'm great at doing everything, but not a master of any.. I'm working on that one!! call me a work in progress!

Trish said...

I agree a great post! I am still searching for my purpose, my calling =)

~Patricia~ said...

So true! Blessings in Christ!

Darlene said...

Karen, your take on the quote speaks to me today. I want to do everything and do it well, but more times than not, I get burnt out, because I'm not doing the few things that God called me to do.

eph2810 said...

Wonderful thoughts Karen. I have to agree. He has given us wonderful gifts to share and I truly believe that He gives us different gifts during our time here...I know that He has changed the direction for me many times.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.