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IBC Women’s Blog

IBC Women’s Blog

By: Jodie Montgomery

Sometimes in ministry, we purpose to help and discover we are helped right back; this makes you realize what a privilege it is to be a part of representing the Lord Jesus Christ’s grace to another.  When we are intentional about being a “grace dispenser”, one discovers how full they truly are.

Sometimes, I get insecure about how I spend my time. There is so much drive to get out of the classroom and “get into the trenches” by our culture that I am oftentimes evaluating my adherence to my subculture. Simply put, I wonder if my “work” is of any value. I overheard a conversation in which someone was berating a teacher of the Word for not being out on the streets proclaiming the Word. There was an accusation that if “you really loved you would DO…”. This made me reconsider what really matters and in the midst of my musings, I got mad. I know what it is to be undernourished spiritually and I know what a blessing it is to also be a physical help to another. IT ALL MATTERS and God in His sovereignty has established the church to serve in ALL areas, we just need to not belittle ANY area.

I like the way Philip Yancey, the author of “Vanishing Grace”, addresses this topic of seeing the value of the Activist and the Artist. He says, “Some are called to be prophetic goads, and some giants may hammer in firmly embedded nails. But the rest of us can aspire, with no tinge of shame, to scribbling in the sand. As a counterbalance to the seven deadly sins, the church in the Middle Ages came up with seven works of mercy: to feed the hungry; give drink to the thirsty; clothe the naked; house the homeless; visit the sick; ransom the captive; bury the dead. Later the church added a supplemental list of spiritual works of mercy: to instruct the ignorant; counsel the doubtful; admonish sinners; bear wrongs patiently; forgive offences willingly; comfort the afflicted; pray for the living and the dead;…for those of us who work with words, music, painting, or other arts can also extend a form of mercy, dispense a kind of grace.”

My daughter helped bring all these thoughts together in a real life application. She hosted an art show at the Hippodrome in Gainesville, Florida for victims of sexual violence. This was through a group called UnShame. (You may learn more about the group at UnShame connects victims of sexual violence with a supportive community through messages of hope, resilience and compassion. The art show gave victims an opportunity to tell their stories through paintings, T-shirt designs, poetry, and readings. Art employed actively to erase the shame. IT ALL MATTERS. Thank you Sarah Kate Wilder for being both an artist and an activist.