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Robin is the author of For All Who Wander, her relatable memoir about wrestling with doubt that reads much like a conversation with a friend. She's as Southern as sugar-shocked tea, married to her college sweetheart, and has three children. An empty nester with a full life, she's determined to...

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  1. Robin, I think this exercise/illustration is going to stick with me for a long time. The table needs every piece not only for function but for beauty. And so with the body of Christ, we need every person, not only to accomplish kingdom work, but to fully reflect the beauty of the God who made us and created us to work together! Thanks so much for this beautiful truth today, friend!

    I think I’d be a sugar spoon… because I love heaping on the sweetness of encouragement and affirmation to other women.

    • Becky, I knew ever since my friend Joan led this exercise I would HAVE to write about it for incourage! It was so FUN and engaged the entire room :). There were maybe 30 of us (?) and with each answer, you had an expanded view of the needs and abilities in the Body. I love YOUR thoughts, here, too. Form (beauty) AND function are both important.

      And YES–a sugar spoon! Perfect. You ARE a sweet encouragement ALWAYS. xo

  2. What a thought-provoking exercise. I think I would be the butter dish. I kind of protect myself, a little guarded around new people I meet. I’m friendly, compassionate and caring, but I don’t let a lot of people know the real me. When I remove the fear, the cover, of what people will think, there is a soft soul that can melt in the company of warm friends.

    • Carol, what a beautiful analogy. I’ll never look at a butter dish the same way. “…soft soul that can melt in the company of warm friends” — what a lovely phrase. 🙂

  3. I would be a serving platter because I love to bake and share my goodies with others. For sentimental reasons I would use the platter that was my mom’s and she gave it to me because it has our state flower on it and the 2 matching mugs for coffee.

    • Rita,

      I love your sentimental attachments to the piece you would “be.” What a lovely image it brings to mind with the matching coffee mugs :).

  4. It’s a hard one, to think of what I’d be. Coffee comes to mind, I will listen and after the main story Your story is digested just like after meal coffee I will try to support you in any way I can. It doesn’t sound as eloquent as the other responses but I’m told I’m a good networker?!

  5. I’d be a Crockpot, it takes me a while to warm-up and accomplish something, but when I do others can be comfortable around me because I’m not fancy or stuffy.

  6. I am a water pitcher. I serve those who are thirsty. Thirsty for a positive word. Thirsty for God. The words we speak give new life to the hopeless. The water is refreshing in a society that is a desert. Water…..refreshing, cleansing, life changing.

  7. I would be a cozy padded chair at the table. I’m best at making people feel at home and comfortable. And I support the people in my life…

  8. I liked you post, Robin. I think a tureen of soup suits me best. I can be at the center of things. I have a big capacity to hold and serve a lot. I can be fancy, hearty, or plain, or spicy. The variety of my contents can nurture a variety of needs. I enjoyed reading everyone’s responses.
    I so agree that we are all needed and have a way we can serve and reflect the goodness of Jesus.

  9. I’d be the gravy boat; warm, comforting, sometimes overlooked but sometimes that little bit extra you didn’t know you were missing.

  10. What immediately came to mind was a mug, ready to pour out whatever I have sweet or strong, warm and comforting to let someone know that they are not alone in what they feel/think/are experiencing. Thinking about how we pour our what we have and then can be re-filled over and over and continue to pour out kindness, compassion, understanding to others in need and how God continues to re-fill us as we fill others.