I’ve been thinking about spoons today. You see, since I went to England last year, I’ve been drinking hot tea in the mornings. For my recent birthday, my husband bought me some demitasse spoons, which are cute little spoons specially made for stirring tea (and coffee, I guess?). As I swirled my milk and Splenda into my tea this morning, I thought about how this cute little spoon was especially made to accomplish one specific purpose – just like God created each one of us to accomplish His purposes. Just as there are many kinds of spoons (demitasse, teaspoon, tablespoon, serving spoons, slotted spoons, iced tea spoons, etc.), there are also many kinds of giftedness in people. Some spoons are fancy and used only on special occasions; some are more ordinary and for everyday use. As I went further with this analogy, I came up with the following thoughts as to how we are all similar to spoons:
- Each one is suited to its purpose. You wouldn’t use a serving spoon to stir your tea or a demitasse spoon to serve mashed potatoes. While some spoons can be used for multiple things, none of them are suitable for every spoon’s task.
- Some are fancier than others, but even the simplest ones get the job done. Sometimes it’s preferable to use fancier spoons (for formal dinners and what-not), but sometimes it’s actually preferable to use the simpler ones (large, casual get-togethers, picnics, etc.). There will always be other people more gifted at something than you are. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use the abilities you’ve been given, though.
- Spoons must be clean to be useful. You don’t use dirty spoons (at least I HOPE you don’t!). Similarly, our lives must be kept “clean” so that we are ready for service.
- You sometimes need more than one spoon to get a job done. Just as you would use different spoons to measure ingredients, stir a recipe, and serve a dish, there are often many different people needed to accomplish a task. All are equally important even though the “guests” may only see the serving spoon.
- Spoons don’t stir by themselves; their owner has to USE them. Similarly, we are all instruments in our Maker’s hands, accomplishing His purposes with our gifts.
- Spoons can only dish out what they’ve been immersed into. You don’t dip a spoon into chicken broth and expect to pull out banana pudding. Likewise, we must immerse ourselves in the Word if we want to be able to “dish it out” when it is needed for the nourishment of others.
So let’s have some fun. If you were a spoon, what kind would you be and why? I’ll start and say that I think I would be a common, everyday teaspoon. It’s not the most glamorous of spoons and not suited for some uses, but it is useful in a variety of different ways.