I have a ceramic message board that sits on the counter top in my kitchen. It is beautifully designed with an oxidized iron stand, and matching scrollwork that crowns the top of the cream ceramic center, upon which I often write messages to my family. I purchased a marker that is specifically designed for writing on ceramic, in the color “Comet Copper.” The lovely copper tone of the pen was chosen to coordinate my written messages, with the coloring of the iron scrollwork that decorates the ceramic.
In recent months, my family has been greeted with messages of celebration, remembering their birthdays, or wishing them well on their journeys. There have been the seasonal greetings, a congratulatory message for my daughter who scored well on her graduate school entrance exams, as well as a simple “I love my family.” It has been used as a menu board for the wedding shower of my son and his lovely bride to be, and even as the bearer of an appropriately phrased note of love for my husband (my pre-teen added her own note to this one: “Awkward.”) Soon, it will bear a greeting to my first grandson, a goodbye to my daughter as she follows her work to the Big Apple and a Shout Out to my son as he graduates high school, and joins his sister in New York City, to begin his college career.
Over the last thirteen weeks, I have been attending a Life Coach training program sponsored by my church. This training will enable me to become involved in helping women move forward in their lives toward being the women God has designed them to be. Ephesians 2:10 explains that each of us are “God’s workmanship,” and that we are created in Jesus, specifically for a purpose; to do that thing that God designed or prepared us to do, something good.
I want to help other women find that magnificent work that they, and they alone are created to do. I want to inspire them, and encourage them, and help them move forward, and then I want to stand on the sideline and cheer them on! I believe that this is part of the good works that God has prepared for me to do. By taking the Life Coach training program, I moved forward in my life, so that I can help other women do the same.
This morning I woke up, and as I often do, headed toward the kitchen. There written on my ceramic board was a message from my husband:
You Did It!
Now Go Help the Woman of Christ!
We Love You.
How wonderful it is that we are not only your wonderful workmanship, but that we are each uniquely designed by You to do good works. How joyful I am when I am doing the things that You have made me to do. Help me to encourage your women, and to share with those who don’t yet know the wonder of their design, that they are the flawless work of the Original Designer.