Last week when the dough was ready to be made into buns and my 7 year old granddaughter offered to do that for me. It surprised me a bit to see that she was completely capable to get the buns on pans.
She has practiced a fair bit already and now it comes rather easily to her.
Her joy in serving and helping is evident. My own little boys and now my grandchildren want to help in the kitchen and it is somehow really rewarding to be able to see how they learn and are able to succeed in skills which they have practiced.
If we are willing to teach and be taught, things that at first may seem awkward will become natural.
Do we sometimes sit back and let others take on ministry opportunities because we think we are not good enough at some things?
I've been thinking that it is not too late for me to learn to do something new.
I've been asked to participate in something that I actually am nervous to try but I know I can learn and maybe in trying, I'll find I'll be able to bless others who don't speak English and be blessed by spending time with people who are likely just as nervous as I'll be. We will learn some things together. They will learn a few cooking skills and I'll learn how to communicate and relate with a different culture.
As I watch this young girl try and try again, I'm encouraged that perfection is not a prerequisite for helping in a ministry.
What is most important is a willing heart and a desire to be teachable and available.
Let's not be afraid to say ...."yes, I'd like to help and I'll do my best."