This is part of an ongoing series that celebrates how families from the Church are living out their calling as Household Wells. This month’s focus is Work.
My son Charlie didn’t wake up Wednesday thinking, “I’m going to do God’s work!”
He just wanted to make some eggs.
But his little sister, Susannah, was awake, too, so …
“Mommy, Charlie asked me if I wanted him to make me some scrambled eggs, and I said, ‘Sure!’” Susannah said.
“Thanks, bud!” I told my son. “That’s such a big help!”
Every month I write about a member (or members) of our congregation who exemplify that month’s “Revival” theme. This month, though, I encountered some resistance.
That’s completely fine: People are busy. People are shy.
But I suspect, too, people are reticent to talk about how they’re “doing God’s work” in their daily lives. After all, Matthew 6:5-6 says,
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
We don’t want to boast.
And, too, we never feel like we’re doing enough.
When we envision someone “doing God’s work”, we think of missions, perhaps, or inviting a new family to church.
But God works through all things, and He’s doing so much good through the people at our Church, even when they’re reluctant to discuss their roles.
Congregation member Mark Dawson, a self-described introvert, said he and his wife Joan are open with their faith, but they share it passively.
“I’ve always tried to be the kind of leader who leads by example, not so much preaching, but living the right way,” he said.
Mark, the chief financial officer of Advance Concrete Form Inc., noted that in the construction industry, “You get some coarse people and language in these places.”
“I just try to be more moderate.”
Philip Wood teaches Spanish at Toki Middle School. But every Tuesday after school, he also leads the Board Game Club.
The club’s goal “is to introduce kids, and through them, their families, to a genre of light strategy board games that appeals to all ages.”
God’s work isn’t limited by a person’s location or age.
Fred and Carol Tiemann, both retired, have attended the Church at Christ Memorial for 46 years and have lived in their neighborhood for 45.
“We stay in contact with old neighbors and try to be welcoming, reaching out to new families,” Carol said.
Shane and Amanda Fisher, in the process of joining the Church congregation, are volunteering as adult leaders for Higher Ground.
During Kids Connection on Sunday mornings, the older kids are actively encouraged to buddy up with and mentor the younger ones.
God’s work often happens right at home.
Chad and Julie Koch live next to a pond in Belleville, and sometimes in winter, they invite people over for an afternoon of snacks and broomball.
Emily Powers set a summer goal of having her house be the one where all the neighborhood kids feel welcome to come and go, run and play, eat a popsicle.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10
God knows no limitations.
He shows up at construction sites, in board games, in neighborly “hellos” and on frozen ponds.
He even, on occasion, shows up in scrambled eggs.