THIS ARTICLE IS A PART OF A SERIES CALLED "WHAT'S IN YOUR TRUNK?" AS A PART OF THE LOTTIE COOKIE PROJECT BASED ON WHEN LOTTIE MOON LEFT TO DO MISSION WORK IN CHINA. SHE PACKED HER BELONGINGS IN A LARGE TRUNK INCLUDING CLOTHES, SHOES, AND PAPER FOR WRITING LETTERS. SHE ALSO PACKED HER FAMOUS TEA CAKE RECIPE, WHICH HELPED HER BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH HER NEIGHBORS AND SHARE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST WITH THEM. YOU CAN READ THE STORY OF LOTTIE'S TRUNK HERE. WE ASKED WRITERS WHAT THEY WOULD PUT IN THEIR METAPHORICAL TRUNK IN ORDER TO SHARE THE GOSPEL AND THIS WAS THEIR RESPONSE:
Recently I attended an event with lots of games. In one of the games, the announcer called out an item. You had to be the first to find that item in your purse or your pockets.
The game started off easy. Find a blue pen. Find a phone charger. Then the items started getting harder and harder. By the end of the game, people had produced some pretty amazing things from their purses/pockets – Tabasco sauce, super glue, an eyelash curler, a jar of peanut butter, a swimsuit (it wasn’t summer).
It’s interesting what we chose to carry with us. I assume the Tabasco wielding woman wanted to be prepared for a meal where she might need to add a little spice.
We all carry different items with us in our purses or pockets because we’re all going different places. We’re all preparing for different experiences.
God has uniquely gifted each one of us. In His infinite creativity, He’s made each one of us with different backgrounds and experiences, a variety of talents and interests, and a unique set of circumstances. And He’s given us all of these things so that we might love Him with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and love our neighbors as ourselves.
In a sense, God has packed our bags with exactly what we need. He’s prepared us with unique items that will help us love our neighbors and share the love of Jesus with those around us.
The gifts He’s given us might seem odd, like carrying a swimsuit in winter. The gifts He’s given us might not seem special or fun or worth talking about. Sometimes it’s a painful experience that allows you to connect with another person. Maybe you’ve failed or embarrassed yourself, but that’s the thing that gives you the opportunity to show love to someone else.
All of the things that make you, you – the good, the bad, the painful, the joyful, the talents, the failures – those are the things God’s packed in your bag. Those are the unique and special things that prepare you to love your neighbor.
In Romans 12:6, The Message version says, “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.”
Maybe you feel like you’re not gifted or special or talented. Maybe you feel like the ways you love your neighbor are insignificant. Well, the Bible says otherwise. You don’t have to be something you aren’t. You don’t have to wish you had someone else’s purse or pockets.
Go ahead and be what you were made to be. Don’t worry about trying to be something you aren’t. Look in your own, unique purse (or pockets!). Celebrate what you see. These are your gifts, perfect for loving your God and loving your neighbor.
Written by Candice Lee, Marketing Director for the WMU Foundation.