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“Every believer has received grace gifts, so use them to serve one another as faithful stewards of the many-colored tapestry of God’s grace.”

–1 Peter 4:10 (TPT)

It is often said that we ‘preach’ the Gospel more with our actions and how we live our lives than with any profound words we may speak.

I ran across a story recently that I have had in a file for a long time. It was good to read the story again and think that when we take the time to do things with intentionality and compassion, we really can make a difference in someone else’s life.

Enjoy the story and see what you think:
A man was hired to paint a boat. While painting, he noticed a small hole on the bottom of the boat and found materials to repair it. When he finished painting, he received his pay and left. The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and gave him a check, much higher than the payment he had already received for painting.

The painter was surprised and said, “You’ve already paid me for painting the boat.”

“This is not for the paint job,” the owner said, “It’s for repairing the hole in the boat.”

“But it was such a small fix,” the painter said, “Certainly it’s not worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant.”

“Oh, but it wasn’t insignificant,” the owner said. “Let me tell you what happened: When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention the hole. When the paint on the boat dried, my kids took the boat and went out on the water fishing. They did not know that there was a hole in the boat. I was not at home at the time. When I returned and noticed they had taken the boat, I was desperate because I remembered that the boat had a hole. Imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing. Then, I examined the boat and found that you had repaired the hole! You see what you did? You could very likely have saved the lives of my children!”

As we make our way out of the pandemic, there are many holes both small and large to be repaired. When we are paying attention and are intentional about caring for one another, we will find opportunities to quietly help repair the holes in ways that will be life-giving and maybe even life-saving for others.

May we use the gifts of grace we have received to repair whatever holes we can. When we can live with that intentionality, we will serve one another faithfully and expand the ‘many-colored tapestry of God’s grace.’