Are you a sinner? Ever been a sinner? Join the club. We’re all sinners.
Those of us in Stephen Ministry wish it had never been called a ministry, because that says we members are some kind of ministers, holier than thou.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. We know full well that our value in the program is in direct relation to the number, and depth, of the sins and mistakes we have made in our own lives. Add to that the mistakes other people have made, the people we have served as caregivers, and you can be pretty sure that we’ve already experienced the troubles bothering you.
We’re not holy. We’re more like the ragged group of fishermen the Lord put up with.
But we are experienced, and we do care. We want to help you unload whatever package of sins or mistakes you have made. We’re sworn to secrecy, so no one else, no one, will ever know what the two of us talked about.
The Lord may be listening in, and that’s OK, because he’s the fixer.
One of the virtues of sculpting is that you can be thinking of something else while your hands are busy creating something that will be cherished for a lifetime. My something else is usually someone else’s problem.