Leaving It All on the Table: A Believer’s Story

Honestly – this is me on the mornings after our monthly Women of Faith and Friendship dinners. My friend Sherry and I cook and bake up a storm of food to feed about 15-20 ladies. We make enough for them to pack leftovers for spouse, lunch, or next evening’s meal. We throw ourselves fully into this event and leave nothing on the table – literally!

The ladies spend an hour and a half sharing a meal and developing friendships. Sherry reads a devotional before and prays over the meal and our time. It is a simple act of loving another human being – listening, hearing their hopes and sorrows, offering testimony to give hope when days are dark, and showing God’s unfailing Love through Jesus.

And the food, mostly homemade, created with Love and care. It shows in how much they enjoy the dinner and how fast leftovers are packed for home. This picture of me first thing in the morning represents leaving it “all on the table”! I am spent, lovingly, passionately, drained of every ounce of energy. Joining God in His work may require everything I’ve got! I am good with this – it is what Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37 NIV.  I know He sustains me and provides rest on the other side, especially when I give all that I am to join Him.

Prayer: Lord, let me join in Your work wherever You are and sustain me through it all. In Jesus’ Name Amen.