– Monday Muse –
Dear One, numerous times, at the last minute, I have been plucked from a guest table by a frantic person in need of someone to cut the cake. It has happened at parties, open houses, and at weddings. I am not asked because I know the standard method for eyeing the cake, and quickly determining where to begin, because I don’t. Even yet, I do not know the official Wilton cake-cutting methods, but I never say no. I just walk over to the serving table, grab a knife, make that all important first cut, and hope to please the host by completing the effort with the correct number of uniform pieces. I suppose by now I should have taken the time to study the technique, or at least have watched a ‘how-to’ video.
In regard to food, I am often asked ‘what to do.’ But ‘would I be willing to cut the cake’ has nothing to do with baking, only the serving of food. So I wonder, out of all those at a gathering, why am I often singled out as the one to ask? It’s not like I arrive at the event wearing an apron with Chicago Cutlery in my purse. It could be that I am the only person left to ask. So why do I agree to help? Because, in the past, in similar situations, to my regret, I failed to come to the rescue.
Have you ever received calls from God, and without purposely rejecting the calls, did not fulfill them? I have. The calls were time sensitive. There was no chance for making up for my lack of response…oh, oh, the regret. From time to time, the regrets still disturb me. But from them, I have learned what has turned out to be a life long lesson – if at all possible, act when called upon.
God’s directive is to make ourselves available. Not because we are so very capable, but because we are willing. Willingness plays a bigger role in helping others than that of capability. D. L. Moody, a famous evangelist, was once told, “I don’t like your way of evangelizing.” Moody replied, “I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it.”
So, this is how I figure it. If one wedding guest receives a big piece of cake and the next is given a folded over, smaller one… it will still taste just as sweet. And when all is done, I get to lick the knife.
“Look not every man on his own things, but every man
also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:4 (KJV)
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