The Zambian Cabinetmaker

The Zambian Cabinetmaker . . .

is yours truly.

Yes, this is how I have spent the bulk of my day today.  Putting together three of these.

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These will be used at the villa (the house that we use as camp headquarters) or at one of our other ministry locations.  It will be used for . . . well, you know, holding stuff.

What comes to mind when you think of African missions?  Forging out into the bush with a machete and a pith helmet?  Eating strange foods and avoiding poisonous animals??  Natives with bone jewelry and face paint?  

Today my African mission was less extreme.  It was to provide more storage capacity.

I recently heard that the real measure of ministry is not in the big events, the breathtaking adventures, or the mountaintop experiences.  It is in the routine and the mundane – those times when there is nothing overly emotional or exciting to stir us to action.  There is just work.  The truth of the matter is that if all we are after in our mission is an emotional experience, we are doing it for the wrong reasons.  The greatest thing about the mundane (is that an oxymoron?) is that it causes us to refocus ourselves OUTSIDE of ourselves and onto God and the real reason that we do what we do.  The mundane can be as spiritually meaningful as the mountaintop experiences.  

Just remember that the next time you are making cabinets.  Or whatever else you may find yourself doing that feels, well . . .

Ordinary.

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2 Comments

  1. Pam
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Good message for us moms. Our ministry may be changing diapers or wiping little noses, but we serve the Lord by doing those things.

  2. Johanna
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    This is a good perspective for life, not just missions.
    Thanks for the posts. You guys are really amazing!
    Remember- Jesus was a carpenter. He would have loved your cabinets and I bet he made some cabinet-equivalents in His day =)


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