The right plate?

In our spiritual lives we have both a Corelle side and a Fiesta side. God uses both, but opts for usefulness over show 99% of the time. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.

We have two sets of dinner dishes here at Beech Springs. We have the everyday Corelle Ware; plain, white without a pattern, sturdy and replaceable at minor expense. Holly also has a set of Fiesta Ware dishes. These are more colorful, heavier and a more expensive to replace. Depending upon the circumstances, nature of the occasion and perhaps the guests we are entertaining, the Fiesta Ware will take the place of the Corelle Ware. In this sense there’s a practical side to owning more than one set of dishes. It is good to have a set that is expendable but useful, as well as another to impress but keep in reserve for the right time.

In our spiritual lives I believe that we have both a Corelle side and a Fiesta side. God uses both, but opts for usefulness over show 99% of the time.

Here’s a story. Nicolo Paganini the great Italian violinist, willed his fine instrument to his home city of Genoa. His bequest carried one condition. The violin was never to be played; it would simply be placed on display. But that's not good for a finely crafted stringed instrument. It needs to be used and handled regularly if its beauty and value are to be retained. As a result of Paganini's request, his marvelous violin has become nothing more than a decaying form. It has wasted away as a museum piece. (Source Unknown.)

The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:7 “We live by faith, not by sight.” Holly’s Fiesta Ware are beautiful to look at. It presents a spectrum of color, from Lapis blue to Forrest green. They reflect the light differently, being deeper and glossier. Their feel alone, twice the weight of the Corelle Ware, makes them different to touch, pass and carry. These are dishes you can fix your sight on, but not necessarily your faith. When I heft the Fiesta Ware I sense a heaviness that tells me to be careful lest I drop a piece. I am very focused on what they are as opposed to what they do. Pulling one of these pieces from the cupboard says “be careful” and not “I can’t wait to slap a scoop of mashed potatoes down on this plate.” Corelle Ware, on the other hand, speaks to something altogether different and practical. Pull a Corelle plate from the cupboard and you do so with the confidence that the potatoes will taste good. You give very little thought to the transfer of the plate from the cupboard to the table. That passage is easy, almost mundane. There’s nothing impressive about the Corelle Ware other than the fact that it serves a good purpose. Corelle Ware is all about the food and not the plate itself.

Our lives before God are no different. We are Corelle Ware to God because he has ordained us to be useful, primarily not purposed for show. At rare times he treats us like Fiesta Ware; those special spiritual occasions when he reserves us for demonstration. These high holidays of spirituality, known only to God, are rarely revealed to us. It is good, therefore, to live our lives with a focus on what we are doing and not who we are while we are doing it. When we focus on who we are, it may become a liability as the show may become more important than the deed. God’s purpose for us is to be used and not shown. We’re Corelle Ware–breakable and replaceable, intended for use, lest we decay and be useful for nothing.

We pray. Thank you Lord for making us Corelle Ware: useful, replaceable, breakable and nothing to look at spiritually. Forgive us Lord, when we forget why you put us here­–to worship you and in thanksgiving, do the work you have ordained for us to do. None of us are irreplaceable as your will is done with us or without us. Use us Lord and keep us busy; focused on the mission and not ourselves. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)

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