And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone,
and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Galatians 6:9-10 ESV
You Still Have Something to Offer
Karen is a painter. She’s also a baker. And an engineer. She’s a mom of three adult daughters, a wife, and hands-down the most creative person I know. (I’m convinced anything she touches becomes beautiful.)
When I emailed her five months ago asking if we could get a coffee and talk, Karen said yes.
I was in a strange place in my life — there were hurts inside of me, things I wasn’t sure how to articulate. I wanted to talk to someone but wasn’t sure how.
Karen is quiet. She is wise. She looked at me from across the table and said, “Take your time. We have time. There’s no rush.”
I let out a long exhale. I felt a stillness inside of me.
Karen wasn’t just talking about that specific day — she was talking about the entirety of our friendship. She has shown up for me countless times. When I released my novel last month at my book launch party, Karen decorated the venue. (It was stunning, to say the least.) Karen serves in a way where you don’t even realize she’s there.
Her hospitality is not about her; it’s about opening herself up to be there for others.
When you talk to Karen, you feel heard. She paints pictures and gives them away. She bakes and cooks food that somehow ends up looking like art. I often tell my mom, “I want to be more like Karen.”
Karen does not grow weary of doing good. She does everything with intention. Even in the midst of her own pain, she has room for others. The conversations we have shared have helped me to heal. Karen offers all that she has — all of the gifts God has given her — and she gives them right back.
I often grow weary, thinking I have nothing left to offer.
But both Karen and God teach me: there is always something to offer. There is always a place for us.
What do you have to offer the kingdom of God?