“You know, Dawn, I really don’t think I have much to bring to this whole Parish Nursing ministry. I can’t see the big picture. I don’t know how to get money. I can’t get excited about creating a structure for ministry. I don’t even think I have what it takes to coordinate in my own little church.”
I respond, “Take a deep breath, Cherie. You don’t need to put anything in place. All you need to do is be. You are the cheerleader. What you used to do to encourage the football players to play hard on the field, you are now situated to do to keep the cancer patient fighting for their life, to keep the PTSD soldier living normal life with as few flashbacks as possible, to give confidence to the new mother with her first baby, to ease the passing of the family matriarch from this life into the next.”
Cherie remained non-committal. Cherie went to her husband’s aunt’s 87th birthday party. I went to the Scriptures and read from Romans 12:4-8
4-6In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.
6-8If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.