Apparently we eat out a lot. The only evidence of this other than our waistlines are the abundance of restaurant crayons we have collected.
I started when Judah was barely old enough to hold a crayon. We would ask for the kids menu to help distract him before the bread or meal came and inevitably they would come with anywhere from 2 to 4 crayons in ridiculously confining plastic wrap. Knowing that if the crayons came pre-wrapped they would probably be tossed at the end of the meal, I started swiping them before we left.
Only a few restaurants reuse these crayons–and frankly I’m grateful because most of the time I am still trying to keep them out of Judah’s mouth at one point or another. Eventually I clean out the diaper bag and then toss them one by one into his crayon box. Now he has WAY more restaurant crayons than regular crayons.
56. Fifty-six restaurant crayons from Applebee’s, Chili’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonny’s, Friendly’s, Olive Garden, Carraba’s, Outback, Yard House, Ruby Tuesday’s, Steak ‘n Shake and more I am sure I am missing.
Judah seems pretty happy about it.
Every time I color with crayons I am reminded of how easily and greatly they differ from each other. Some color smoothly, others have little chunks that come off in the process of coloring making the color darker in some areas, some kind of rip the paper they are coloring on with sharper pieces of wax because they aren’t well-stirred–but all are still crayons.
(Here comes the application.)
Each of us have unique talents and “coloring” abilities that are intended for Heaven work. We have different flavors and perspectives and all experience life in a different way.
I’ve recently discovered this network of Mommy-bloggers online. I’ve known a few existed before, like the Humbled Homemaker. But frankly she is a bit too crunchy and natural for my taste, but I have found a few helpful articles from time to time. I finally found a lady who struck a cord with me named Kat Lee. She blogs at InspiredToAction.com and has a podcast titled the same. This podcast has been the best resource to enter my life. It is full of encouragement for mommies and women alike.
The best advice I’ve heard when finding something new is to take it in, chew it up and spit out the bones. In other words, each person takes on the world in a different way, God speaks to you through everything around you from ants to earthquakes and toddlers to great grandmas. Not only can you learn from sermons of influential pastors and speakers, but equally God can speak to you through words on a page (not just the Bible), lyrics of a song (including secular), and the broken speech of a toddler.
Just like you can’t pour from an empty teapot, you can’t give of what you don’t have stored up inside of you.
Those restaurant crayons can’t give you chalk. They are crayons. Take the time to fill yourself and develop your unique giftings.
“Just after that, Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said, “Because you went for help to the king of Aram and didn’t ask GOD for help, you’ve lost a victory over the army of the king of Aram. Didn’t the Ethiopians and Libyans come against you with superior forces, completely outclassing you with their chariots and cavalry? But you asked GOD for help and he gave you the victory. GOD is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him. You were foolish to go for human help when you could have had God’s help. Now you’re in trouble—one round of war after another.”
2 Chronicles 16:7-9 MSG