Their cheery voices rang through the morning. My daughters, who love to entertain as much as their mother, bless them, opened the newest restaurant in town last week. Apparently it was a part of the bed and breakfast I run (so they told me). The visiting grandparents were our first customers. The girls donned their aprons and began passing out breakfast menus. Then they proceeded to cook breakfast to order for each one of us.
My parents were thrilled. Heck, I was thrilled. A day off from breakfast duty is always a win in my book.
Except it didn’t take long before a small problem emerged. It was after the last drops of coffee were cold and the dog had licked the rest of the eggs off the plates, that I noticed the state of my kitchen. Apparently, The Cheery Cherry Cafe failed to employ dishwashers.
I called the girls down to finish the job they started. For some odd reason, they resisted me, like they didn’t want to do the dishes. They wanted to enjoy the fun part of owning a cafe, connecting with customers and creating beautiful things, but they didn’t want to do the hard work required to finish the job well.
This is the thing; anything worth doing requires a whole butt load of work. Feel free to quote me on that, Nacho Libre and I agree that this is true.
After attending She Speaks I was reminded of this. The call to communicate the gospel and advance the kingdom requires a lot of time in the kitchen doing dishes, at least figuratively.
I have long felt a passion for writing, as the length of time I’ve been blogging indicates. At almost 7 years, I’m practically geriatric. But the truth is that communicating well, putting yourself in places where you’ll be heard, and earning the right to be heard, all take drive and focus.
She Speaks 2014 highlighted that for me. I came home with a bursting notebook and a full heart. There is something quite amazing about being surrounded by 800 other like minded women (and just a few men, poor guys). It is galvanizing.
A month later I’m still processing and constantly remembering one thing, it was something I reminded my girls as they reluctantly scraped egg off the cabinets.
I can’t have the glamour of the calling without the dirty work the calling requires.
I loved the message that Jerry Jenkins shared about humility. In talking about what he learned from Billy Graham, he said that the two things Mr Graham always did was to search the Scriptures and pray without ceasing. Those kept him humble and allowed God to use him the way he did. I don’t aspire to Billy Graham greatness, but I do aspire to be used of God. Humility must become one of my closest friends and the habits of reading the Word and prayer must become as normal as breathing for me.
And like many who were there, Christine Caine’s message rocked me in so many good ways. I could write pages of things from what she shared, but there was one thing that hit home for me. It was a particular encouragement to this girl who stands on a tiny platform and has spent the last few years feeling very unseen.
“If God assigns you, God will find you.”
When Christine spoke these words I felt as though they had been breathed from God straight to my quavering heart. I am not unseen, and if God has assigned me to a particular task I simply need to be diligent at doing the work it requires and trust God to bring the finding.
It’s easier said than done.
Of course, I was thrilled to meet so many amazing people. And true to my form, I failed utterly at taking pictures. Well, I did get four of them, and I have many more amazing memories. I am also incredibly grateful to Courtney DeFoe for hosting a link up for us to share what we’ve learned, not only to encourage each other but to connect with other.
Head over to see Courtney and read what others learned from the She Speaks Weekend. Even if you have no desire to speak or write, you’ll no doubt be encouraged by their stories. You might even meet a new friend.