Beautiful, perfumed sweetpeas. Among the deep, bold purple flowers, there were delicate paler pink and white ones, almost hidden.
I re-arranged the display bringing the gentle colours forward framing them with the stronger purple behind. Perfect! Each flower now complimented each other.
On reflection this made me think about my Step Up experience. I started off as a pale member amidst a group, not knowing what I was doing but framed and supported by the strong leader(s) and my mentor. As my journey progressed I was encouraged to focus on what I could do, instead of what I could not do, and guided through a process that helped me to identify my own strengths – gifts given to me from God. Without even realising I was gently drawn out of my comfort box and ‘re-arranged.’
I have found that my strength is community focused and it can compliment other ‘up front’ types. I am now using my passion to serve in the community. So far I have made soup and assisted with various soup lunches, served refreshments after church services, cooked meals for events etc, become a driver on the Pastoral Team at Communion lunches and teas, started hosting Come Dine With Us and am also currently helping to co-ordinate a planned late summer Thai event. I also intend to launch soup lunches in the autumn.
This list is not exhaustive as I will continue to look for future opportunities to use the gifts that God has given me to serve in the community.
Step Up has been a wonderful opportunity to find out what God was calling me to do in a relaxed, informal and welcoming environment. The only downside was trying to refrain from guzzling the scrumptious cake + copious amounts of freshly brewed coffee!
Lorraine, Wetherby Hub, 2015-16