The wedding day is almost here. In less than 24 hours, we will all be a family. As Sarah and Duane become one through marriage tomorrow, our families become linked. Last night for me was symbolic. The families all coming together and laughing crying and preparing for this great day. Each one has a purpose in this expanding family. But again I ask...what is my purpose? Where is my place? Am I an arm, a hand, a finger or a finger nail? Each part has a purpose. Even in those moments when I may feel insignificant, I am reminded that even the finger nail has a purpose. Just because I am a "step" parent doesn't mean my role is less important in this family. Because I am not a biological parent doesn't meant I have to be on the outside looking in. I am discovering a lot about who I am. I know this for sure I am a kid of the Most High. I know that as each day unfolds more of my purpose is revealed. When I feel I lack purpose, it's because I am forgetting that I am not supposed to be doing this for me. That in everything I do I am to be giving all glory to God. "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.." 1 Corinthians 12-26
This family, is not only like a body with many parts, it's like a a big pot of slow cooking a stew. There are many different ingredients. We have savory, sweet, bitter, sour and salty. And each ingredient has a specific time it needs to be added. When my kids were little I would remind them every morning as they left the house, to go out into the world and be salt and be a light. For the most part they have done their best. I have seen the effects of salt and light in this new pot of stew, family, that is simmering. I know that as each new day dawns, I may have a new purpose and be a different ingredient. I am a servant. And I pray that my heart stays lit and constantly glows. I praise God for each member of this expanding family. I am overwhelmed with joy to see the light in each person's heart. "Your salt depends upon the character of your light" ~Charles Swindoll.
God has given each person a gift. For some it's being a servant, or a teacher, or a talker,or a listener,or an artist,or a chef, etc.... We all have a purpose. And God has a plan. "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work." 1 Corinthians 12:4-6