The weather had finally changed. It was now cool enough outside to justify having a tall Pumpkin Spice mocha with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkles – extra hot. Each lady entered the coffee shop, placed her order, and then eagerly took a seat. Cups in hand, greetings and hugs, we all gathered in our usual circle. But this time, we were without our usual agenda. Tonight, there would be no diagram at all. No forethought, no preparation, no planning, just impromptu discussion. This is our Table Talk. Anything put on the ‘table’ is open to be talked about.
After hearing all the challenges each wife had with the prior months Wives Challenge, we quickly learned that the idea of “ministry” has been slightly misconstrued and somewhat commercialized. For years, ministry has been advertised with slogans, building signs, billboards, websites, and events. There is an excess of posters on the side of buses, stickers on cars, and t-shirts with catchy sayings. We recognize ministry when there are water wells to be dug, shoe boxes to be filled or can goods to be collected. Ministry typically looks familiar when feeding the homeless, visiting the hospital, or helping orphans in a poverty-stricken country. Expectantly, ministry is most easily detected within the church – when teaching a class, singing in the choir, leading praise or preaching from the pulpit.
Sadly, ministry has been tagged with its own invisible measures. The word ministry derived from the word minister. And although ministry has been synonymous with prestige and pious customs, it can – just as easily – be ignored when in its humblest form. Minister is defined as: (a) to give service, care, or aid; attend, as to wants or necessities: (b) to contribute, as to comfort or happiness. Simply put, ministry is from a Greek word meaning ‘to serve’.
As shared during Table Talk; with lightheartedness and sure conviction, we can all smile inwardly as we grasp our many areas of wife “ministry’.
- The Shoe Ministry – occurs every time you stumble over your husbands shoes in the middle of the floor and you pick them up to place them back into the closet.
- The Cooking Ministry – when he (and the kids) is hungry, yet all the food in the freezer is frozen.
- The Toothpaste Ministry – as you wipe the blobs of paste out of the sink and search the counter for the cap.
- The Administrator Ministry – when he calls and ask you to do that one thing he could have done before he left the house.
- The Pantry & Drawer Door Ministry – that you close (again) from the last time your husband retrieved something from it.
- The Paper Stack Ministry – that you sort and place in the file folders after removing the ten piles your husband left on the dining room table.
- The Bath Towel Ministry – which you pick-up off the floor as you make your way to the vanity.
- The Planner Ministry – when you carefully add the month’s events to the family wall calendar and your husband calls you to ask what is the plan is for the day.
- The Sub Ministry – when your husband was sure he could do it, now you need to do it for him.
- The Shopping Ministry – when you have to make a special trip to the store for fruit, ‘cause your husband bought two boxes of banana flavored Twinkies.
Thought to ponder:
As a wife, we have been given our own special ministry, with our own special audience. Embrace it. “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”
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