Stacking Chairs. Finding Purpose in an Appointed Life of Humility.
Yes, I get it. The name may seem a little strange for a blog discussing a humble life with Jesus. I understand that a Google search for ‘stacking chairs’ would most likely lead you to an office furniture website. However, the way this blog title came about was too grace-filled to pass up!
The name “Stacking Chairs” originated through three specific, yet completely separate, detached and unrelated conversations. Within a week’s time, I heard a pastor, a bible teacher and a church planter share about ministry, life stories, and testimonies. Each of them detailed the evidence of necessary humility in ministry, portraying how the gospel has become more and more reverent through their years in pastoring.
Interestingly enough, they each used the analogy and imagery of ‘stacking chairs and unstacking chairs’ as examples of humbling experiences. It was clear they had experienced days when they felt their tasks were menial, and seemingly unimportant. Yet, it was just as clear they now look back on those very days and are able to recognize purpose in each step, each task and each stacked chair.
In hearing their stories, I began to think of my own life. I was at a pivot point; a sincere time of transition in my life where I felt nothing I was working towards showed much promise, and little purpose. I remember telling Jesus, ‘Okay, right now I’m simply stacking chairs.’ However, aren’t we are all called, in one way or another, to be Chair Stackers?
Not even for temporary, but for the entirety of our lives. Jesus has called us to live a life of humility, serving those around us. He sets a firm example there is more contentment and joy through a life focused on the needs of others over our own!
Remember, the humble tasks in life are the ones that may grow us the most. God stretches, tests and matures us through trial, faith and assignment! Noah cut wood and hammered nails tirelessly to build an ark. Even Jesus seemingly lived for 30 years as a carpenter before going into fulltime ministry. Humility, accompanied with patience, persistence and focus is well exhibited through them! We shouldn’t be surprised our assignment would closely follow.
I imagine we all have days we see filled to the brim with purpose and energy and anointing. However, we may equally have days when we struggle to find the same beaming, clear intention. Stacking Chairs Blog exists to provide a written, and social, community to discuss the humble adventures we take with Jesus, and let Him redefine how we examine our purpose.
To us, we may be merely stacking chairs, but to Him we are creating the building blocks for something bigger. Rather, He is creating them through us. So hold your head high Chair Stacker, there is a reward awaiting your hard and humble work.
‘Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.’ James 4:10
Please know I did not start a blog on humility because I think it is something I have mastered. Instead, I see this community as a place to encourage humility, practice humility, share the stories of those who are doing it well, and in that, learn more and more how to live like Jesus.
I’m excited to see Jesus become more evident through the words shared on this blog. May His purpose be found in everything we do, big or small. Even more, let us not question His intent. Rather, may we be content in the humble day-to-day, allowing Jesus to define what life and success truly look like!
He is a God of purpose, redemption and adventure!
Everything has meaning through and because of Him.
Let us celebrate all He is doing in our lives!
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward and that the Master you are serving is Christ. – Colossians 3:23