Maybe carry a few spare spoons

Words of Worship is a weekly column published for the Port Pirie Ministers' Association.
Words of Worship is a weekly column published for the Port Pirie Ministers' Association.

Someone asked me, did I know about the spoon theory, my response was a blank look because I’ve never heard if it, and they went on to describe it to me.

It’s like this, they said, most people start out every day with an unlimited number of possibilities and energy to do whatever it is they desire. So for most, we will get through today without a problem.

But sometimes life deals you a sickness card or a drama card or a challenge card and getting through every day isn’t that easy anymore. And the sad thing is, that those who can do, get frustrated at those who can’t do!

But imagine this, if those possibilities of each day were the spoons in your kitchen drawer and you only had a “limited amount”.

Now, say you were busy in the morning, having visitors and doing chores and you used up all the spoons.

So now, you are going to struggle through the rest of the day because there are no more spoons.

I could see the application of this, that for some people, when sickness, or grief or loneliness, or one of life’s big challenges hit them.

We, those who have plenty of spoons can still expect a lot out of them, but reality is this, maybe they simply don’t have the same number of spoons we have, and we are not giving them grace by comparing them to ourselves, and placing expectation on them to be like us.

The honest truth is some people need to choose their day very carefully, because they know they have limited number of possibilities of how they deal with simple basic tasks.

There is a Bible verse that is often quoted as the golden rule of life. Luke 6:31 Do for others as you would have them do for you.

Maybe, we need to start carrying around a few spare spoons. Maybe you’ve got a bit of possibility, a bit of opportunity and a bit of gratitude that you can share – who knows, it might make all the difference in somebody else’s world.

Ps Mark Broadbridge

Maybe you’ve got a bit of possibility, a bit of opportunity and a bit of gratitude that you can share ...

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