As a cake decorator, I have made thousands of cupcakes in my house. If you have ever made cupcakes, you know one of the messiest parts of the whole process is actually ladling the batter into the little paper cups. Trying to get the batter into the tiny cups without making a complete mess all over the pan can be a challenge! Miss the cupcake liner and you’ve got yourself a burned, caked on mess to clean up after!
Loathing the clean-up process, I have tried numerous tricks to keep the mess at a minimum. Popular baking accessory brands have come up with solutions to this problem by creating bags or special cups to pour the batter into. These extra accessories are supposed to make filling the little paper cupcake holders easier. Call me stubborn or cheap (or maybe both), but it has been my personal mission to avoid buying something and to be creative with what I already own.
In my fancy dish wear, I have a small silver gravy ladle. Without realizing it, for several months, I had been using it as a cupcake batter ladle before my Mother In Law said “Oh, what a handy use for a gravy ladle! I bet you use this more as a cupcake ladle than a gravy ladle.”
The answer was a simple: “Yes, I do!”
It must have not gotten put back after a holiday with the “dishware you only use once-a-year,” and ended up among the mess of stuff we use daily. Either way, one day I grabbed this little ladle for cupcakes, and it’s been my go-to ever since.
But something about this conversation and misuse of a strangely curved kitchen spoon made me think of a deeper scenario.
This gravy ladle, which probably came with an expensive glass gravy boat, sat for years being unused in our china hutch, supposedly waiting for that once-a-year Thanksgiving usage. The rest of the year, the gravy ladle sat with its counterpart, the glass gravy boat, waiting for the next major holiday to be called off the decorative china hutch shelf.
The original purpose of this little silver spoon was to pour steamy, hot, greasy, gravy over the top of my twice-a-year turkey. To me, however, it’s a cupcake batter ladle. Its new purpose is to pour cool, sugary, delicious batter into those silly little paper cups, so I can bake them and cover them with frosting and sprinkles. It’s usefulness goes beyond Thanksgiving, and has become a vital piece to my cake business. The new name gave it a new purpose.
How often do we feel useless? How often do we feel like that ladle on the china hutch shelf? Maybe we are sitting back waiting to be used by God. We are waiting for something to come where we can fill that void. We are waiting for the sign from the sky, that it’s our turn to step up.
The time is now! There is no need to sit collecting dust in the china hutch. Stop being the gravy ladle and waiting for that perfect moment to be used. Much like I use my cupcake batter ladle, your talents and gifts can be used TODAY. God has given you gifts and talents for His purposes and for things that are happening right now.
1 Peter 4:10 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others.”
Are you using the gifts He’s given you?
“You are a manager of the gifts God has given to you. They may be great or small in your eyes, but they matter to God “ (Rick Warren)
God designed us to be different and to have different gifts and abilities. We have different purposes to carry out. If we were all Pastors preaching the sermon, who would sing in the choir? Who would run the Sunday school department? Who would vacuum after the service? Who would maintain the buildings?
EVERYONE has a job to do; unique and different, but for a purpose and ON purpose.
God created us to be different and with different purposes “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:12) Our gifts are not our own; they were given to us for His purpose to be used for such a time as this.
Now go start scoopin’ some batter!
Following the path,
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