Lessons from the Jade Factory
(picture taken by me)
Just like Jade, followers of Jesus are set apart by our sound and transparency. In regards to sound, our words should be spoken with grace and truth. We should be thankful not complaining. We should worship not boast. When light shines upon us, we should be transparent. In our transparency may others see our love for God. May they also see that we are not perfect but serve a God who forgives and helps us to be more like him. May they see that what we have is real not just a face we put on each day. Lastly, just as Jade comes in different colors and has different purposes, so do followers of Christ. God does not make clones. He makes each of us for a unique purpose. In this alone is beauty. It is when we as followers of Christ remember this that his body functions best.
I was reminded of this last point, this weekend as I gathered with the women from our team here for a retreat. We are 13 ladies from all over the world, the US, Canada, Switzerland, and Finland. Some of us are outgoing and others are introverts. Some work at the school like I do. Others have the gift of leadership. Some are busy with little ones. Some play important roles in helping our team function well. Even though we are very different, we are all here to serve and long to see salvation in this land. So this weekend as we learned how to be intentional women, we worshipped, shared and prayed for God to be glorified in the days ahead as we continue to do what God has called us to do.