Spiritual Gifts? “I have a cat.”

I don’t know how widespread this story is, but a lady reported it to me the other day.

A church was looking for what was next.

They all got together and a facilitator passed out little scraps of paper and pens.

“Everyone write down spiritual gifts he or she has,” the facilitator said.

They got the usual: mercy, service, teaching, etc., etc.

One lady wrote, “I have a cat.”

Instead of ignoring that as a clearly unspiritual gift, the group leaders picked it out as the most unique.

“Let’s go with this,” they decided.

They asked everyone who had a pet to come to a second meeting.

At that meeting, one pet owner noted that there was a children’s home down the street.

“Those kids can’t have pets,” explained the man. “Perhaps we could bring our pets to them.”

And an outreach was born.

An unusual method.

Let’s not limit our God to our own inadequacies.

What are your spiritual gifts?

Do you have a cat?

I have…

The Chasm Between Church and Missions

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This is how I felt once I had entered missions work.

I saw things in a new way.

Everything was upside-down and backwords.

Then the church and missions agency expects bullet-point reports on what you’re doing.

I did my best.

It just didn’t make much sense, given the context.

I know the church and the agency wanted to understand.

But some things, there’s just no understanding.


One More Failed Missionary

I’m a failed missionary.

I was convicted that I should go.

The Holy Spirit was moving.

My church sent me.

I packed up my bags just like I was leaving in a coffin.

I was so ready to die.

Unfortunately, more missionaries wind up wounded than dead.

I came home in a straitjacket instead of a coffin.

My family was appalled.

My church was confused.

The missionaries said, “These things happen.”

And two years later I can say, “These things happen.”

But they shouldn’t.

And to continue to send innocents into the incinerator is irresponsible.

Full stop.

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