I’m a saver. Not necessarily in the good money kind of way. Not in the hoarder way either. I’m the kind that buys a new outfit and saves it till I have somewhere important to wear it. I save my favorite scrapbook paper and stickers till the perfect project comes along. I save scripture verses for posts I haven’t written yet, but just know they’ll be exactly right someday. Good china – safely tucked away in the cabinet. Reserved for holiday use.
What in the world am I waiting for? Lately I have overwhelmingly been convicted of this little problem I have. It makes me feel better to think it is a common trait, but I’m not really sure it is. You’ll have to let me know if you suffer from the same affliction.
My Neena (grandmother) ate on good china everyday I can remember. I have asked my mom if she just pulled it out when we visited or if it really was an everyday occurance. She thinks it was everyday. My Neena is a beautiful British war bride. She came over to America after marrying my grandfather in England. They lived close to his family in Louisiana. His people were a pretty formal bunch. Lots of stunning antiques are still floating around our family from them. Maybe she got her tendancy from them. Or maybe growing up with food rations and bombs exploding around her daily lead Neena to throw caution to the wind in the china department. Or, it was just the way it was. Anyway you shake it that brightly colored, delicate china with the dainty gold trim seemed like sheer luxury to me growing up. Being British we never missed tea time at Neena’s. It was an all out event. From tea cozy covered china pot to paper thin teacups to one lump or two. Tea has never tasted better than when served up with special cookies at her house. She modeled gracious hospitality to me. Here she is giving me the dollhouse she made, just for me! (see the makeover of it here)
The thing is it made me feel special, worthy. The fact that she trusted me with her beautiful china meant she loved me more than that cup. Sounds silly doesn’t it? That we could love a cup more than our family. Really though – when we hold on to stuff for “special events”, “special occasions” or “special people” what does that say about those closest to us? Our nearest and dearest? Are they not special enough for our best? Shouldn’t I wear my new outfit on a Tuesday just to drop my kids off at school? Or look nice for my husband just because! What better event is going to come along to scrapbook than whatever is happening right now? Why would I let dinner guests enjoy our finest when I don’t even share them with my greatest treasures – my family.
I think a lot of the time our faith gets treated like our good china. It sits prettily tucked away. Only pulled out for “special occasions”. Those times when we need help, need to hear some good news or have a really important decision to make. We make it known when in the company of those we feel comfortable with. Or even worse, we pull it out when we are looking to impress. We don’t share it enough with those closest to us. And the tool of our trade, our bible, gets the same treatment. God trusts us with his word. He gave it to us to use and share, everyday. Faith wasn’t meant to be pulled out on Sundays, Easter and Christmas like we do with our good dishes. We don’t run the risk of our faith breaking by using it more, in fact it gets stronger the more it is put to use. Mark 16:15 tells us of the charge Jesus gave to us – the great commission. Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. (side note – who do you think all of creation means?) We can’t do that if we pick and choose when to pull our faith off the shelf. So I am working on living more out loud with my faith. Not just sharing it at bible study or among those in my comfort zone, saving it for just the right time. It takes careful examination…what do I love more than sharing my faith? What am I fearful of?
As for our house…we are reslolved to eating off the fancy plates. Who cares if my kids break a plate. The world will not end. I really think our food tastes better, I’m not kidding. I’m doing my best to stop saving things for later. Who knows if later will ever even come? So come on – get crazy with me and get out the good stuff. You know your china hasn’t seen daylight since December. I won’t even ask about your bible 🙂
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