By Steve Meeker
“We are in a discipleship relay race, not a marathon or a sprint.” — Jim Feiker
As we run this race, our strides are interconnected with those who have gone before us and the generations we have the privilege of running alongside. Discipleship is woven together with the “Great Cloud of Witnesses” who already have entered their rest, Christ followers who are making disciples, and those next to run (Hebrews 12:1).
Today, as you hit stride in your race of faith in Christ, remember to run in such a way that prepares you to persevere no matter the situations you face along the way. Cultivate spiritual habits that draw you closer to God so when difficulties come you are enabled to keep on keeping on. Endure and do not lose focus on Christ as He has selected you to be a part of the winning team and empowers you to run the segment of the race marked out for you.
Remember, God’s commands found in the Bible enable us to develop our spiritual stamina and are good for us. In the book of Colossians we read, “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving,” (Colossians 4:2).
Put into practice, this command enables you to depend on the One who gives the strength you need to step out in faith. Along with this, praying in thanksgiving provides perspective and reminds me I am not the author of my race, God is and my Heavenly Father is faithful to provide all I need to run throughout this present-day.
Running a relay of endurance, not only reminds me of what my loving Father has already accomplished, but with each stretch forward the vision of those Jesus calls me to disciple in life’s race becomes clearer. Although the baton is in my hand for a season, as one called to “Go and make disciples” I must be prepared to look for the handoff (Matthew 28:18-20).
How do I hand the baton off in discipleship? May I encourage you to ask God to enable you to see the potential in those who you will disciple and then commit to stride alongside them. This can only be done in relationship so it requires intentionality in setting a pace that cultivates building spiritual endurance. If they trip while the pace is being set, be prepared to provide a safe place for them to get back to their feet so they learn to run.
Now comes the hard part, the handoff. You might be tempted to hold on too long to the baton of ministry, but we must remember it’s not our baton and it was meant to be passed on. Encourage those whom you are blessed to disciple to open their hands and get ready to receive the baton. Place it in their hand and continue to step together, but then let them run!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such
opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. – Hebrews 12:1-3
What does "rock climbing" mean to you?
Your partnership with LLI has enabled others to learn how to use rock climbing in Jesus' Great Commission. Here is what Andrii from Ukraine wanted to share with our community.
It wasn’t just a rock. It wasn’t just a next step to ascending the face of a cliff. Participating in the Transform training allowed me to grasp a skill I longed to use in ministry. When I was little my older brother took me rock climbing and there the seed was sown that sparked my interest in the sport.
Then in the summer of 2018, that spark ignited and I was able to be mentored in developing skills to support others while they climbed. As I served in this role, God used the experience and the training to unlock new abilities to take this sport and understand how to use it as a ministry tool in discipling others.
How can you mentor and train others without the experience yourself? Here I was pushed to developing new levels of climbing and experienced what it was like to be on the sharp end of the rope when I ascended and knew one slip could send me falling only to be caught by my belayer who was securing me as I climbed. This is what I longed to do, to be in a position where I could support others as they journeyed in their faith in Jesus as they learned to climb the route God has set for their lives.
God taught me through this time that He wanted to use me as a part of His plan to unlock and open up new ministries in Ukraine. There was so much I brought back after sitting under this training with the LLI mentors.
Now, I am able to take others into God’s creation and to teach them biblical truth and to draw out so many parallels between the sport of rock climbing and God’s word. We help kids gain a solid foundation as they learn to depend on Jesus and develop a Christian culture based on values that we teach them through a 5 finger contract.
What started as a spark has developed into a passion for using this sport to teach others about our Rock, the One in whom we always can trust. My journey continues and I am continuing to learn to serve in Jesus’ Great Commission using these skills in rock climbing and other tools I learned while going through the training last summer. LLI gave me a great base from where to start and I look forward to seeing what God will continue to accomplish here in Ukraine for His glory.
To God be the glory!
In His Grip,
You can enable a young leader like Andrii from Ukraine to be trained in the BRIDGE or TRANSFORM programs by giving to our Servant Leader Scholarship Fund online.
Please know, you have played a special role in the Scripture Union Latvia story and we are very thankful. Since LLI has partnered with us our Outdoor Camp Program has become a reality and we hope this video will be an encouragement to you.
Thank you for making it possible for trainers from LLI to come and serve our team of volunteers and staff. I still remember our first training where Zane joined us in Estonia as we were taught about team building in 2017.
Not only did God use the training for the team, but those 5 days changed the course of her life and she left convinced she was called to serve full-time in ministry through SU Latvia. Well, we took the next step and sent her on to LLI’s summer Transform Training in 2018 and saw her come back better equipped for her new role.
What has been a blessing for us is that the LLI team really steps alongside others. God had given us a vision to start an outdoor ministry for children in His creation, but we lacked tools to do this. Last year, your partnership made it possible for us to host the LLI Outdoor Ministry training at our campsite in Latvia.
Within a month after the training, a new ministry was launched called SAVA DABA. It is such a blessing that in partnership we were better prepared to begin this life-changing ministry and just recently celebrated its one-year anniversary! While you are watching the video below, may you also be encouraged and give thanks to God with us for this new ministry that is engaging children with God’s Big Story while they spend time in His creation.
Through Sava Daba our team helps children and young people from all over Latvia to discover our Heavenly Father, to learn about teamwork and understand Christian values as foundations of their lives.
This past spring, we were also able to send Zane and Richards, our newest team member, to Croatia to participate in a Discover Sports Ministry training. Not only did this training continue to inspire our young leaders, but Ricards felt it was there that God reignited his zeal for serving Jesus and depending on Him.
Please let me encourage you with one more result, this time from the LLI Courageous Peacemaking training which took place in Lithuania this October. Thirteen of our volunteers and staff went not knowing what to expect and they came back nurtured and really inspired to keep on going with the mission work through SU Latvia and Sava Daba.
It is such a blessing to see how God is raising up a whole new generation to develop the campsite and programs using His Creation that will reach others with God’s truth. What started as a seed of vision has become a reality and your partnership in developing young leaders, your prayers and support have all mattered.
Thank you for being a part of God’s story and His work through His kids serving with SU Latvia!
To God be the glory,
Your giving provides the resources needed so our team may step alongside others in 2020!
Being a Christian leader is one of the most fulfilling and challenging roles as people tend to find creative ways to scrutinize your leadership. Along the way of learning to lead, I have found these four lessons to be the ones that resonate closest to my heart.
TRUSTING GOD: One area that is easier said than done is trusting God regardless of the situation. I have found it easier to trust God when things are going well. However, my faith is tested from all directions when I am facing a challenge. We all want to be in control and, when we are not, our world is turned upside down. I am learning every day to trust in God even when I do not know or control the outcome. Remember Noah when he was building an ark and there was no flood? He kept trusting even though others may have ridiculed his work.
Trusting God means taking a step forward in obedience even when we cannot see the road in front of us.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We live in a secular society where truth is viewed as subjective and people are masters of their own destinies. Being accountable requires me to embrace a humble spirit, believing that I should answer for all my actions either in private or public space. This is not an easy thing as we have to subject ourselves to another fallen human being who might have glaring short-comings! Accountability is being an open book as we give permission to others to make harsh or friendly assessments of our character and behavior. In my African context, accountability is very close to what we call ‘Ubuntu’ which basically means you are a person through others.
It is a realization that we were not created to live in isolation but in community. As a leader, I have intentionally surrounded myself with mentors who have permission to speak into my life. I strongly believe that no one can be a good leader unless he or she is in an intentional accountability relationship.
VULNERABILITY: The world continues to bombard us with images of strong leadership and some of these characteristics are difficult to attain. Most leadership training courses do not spend enough time teaching the growing leaders to embrace vulnerability. It is very sad that vulnerability is viewed as weakness and timidity and is scorned upon. Like the apostle Paul, I have found out that, “when I am weak then I am strong.” Vulnerable leaders allow others to see that God is not yet done with His work in them.
Vulnerability means humbly embracing our brokenness so that others can see we are work in progress!
BE PRESENT: Every single day there are things that are competing for our attention, ranging from our mobile screens to our social media platforms. We are a generation that is more connected than any other generation and yet we are lonelier than ever. We can be present physically but a million kilometers away from others due to social media disruptions. One of the lessons that I am learning is to be present with people. I refuse to have my attention forced into a detour because of an incoming call or message. It is sad that some of us rush to engage with our screens while we neglect to engage face to face with others.
Being present communicates that we value and respect the person we are speaking to and people leave the conversation encouraged.
Meet Tony Nzanzah,
Member of the SU Global Team and Field Development Director for English speaking Africa. He has served in many leadership roles, the most recent one being a board member of a Christian college in Cape Town, South Africa.
I found out about LLI almost a year ago, when my SU Latvia colleague Zane was preparing to go to LLI Transform summer training in Croatia. Zane came back to Latvia refreshed in her vision. She joyfully shared with our team how she had experienced a wonderful summer. And although it all sounded amazing, at the same time, I had this funny feeling that I actually had no idea what she was talking about.
Right after Zane came back, I had an opportunity to take part in hosting LLI Discover Training in Latvia. It seemed that I was finally going to experience what LLI means practically.
Unfortunately, not everything in life happens as planned. Training lasted 4 days and there were 32 participants from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Without a doubt, everything went great and the participants were delighted with the program.
However - as I was part of the SU Latvia organizing team, I kept focusing on all of my responsibilities of maintaining the training location so everything would go smoothly - my heart was closed to the spiritual aspect of the training. After the training, I felt like I had missed something. Everyone around me was happy and inspired but, for me, a smile just did not come as a natural response. At the same time my life was getting much more complicated and I started to feel spiritually empty.
Then came the second opportunity which I call – God’s miracle. I went to Croatia for a week and experienced LLI Discover training dedicated to sports ministry. God’s miracle came at the moment when I was facing problems such as money, time, etc. Basically, things we always need a little bit more of. God provided everything and even my skepticism and complex life situation disappeared at that moment.
This experience changed my mind and my previous picture completely! Finally I could just go and dedicate myself to what was prepared without thinking of practical background tasks. This training gave me the right focus not only for our SU Latvia mission, but also for my personal and spiritual life. One quote that I still hold to my heart from that week is this – “Don't let your thirst for direction shadow your thirst of knowing God better!”
Also, LLI team and their impact throughout the years really motivated us (SU Latvia team) to start our own outdoor education project called “Sava Daba”, which in Latvian means – Your own nature/Self nature. It is an amazing way to discover God’s creation through nature and to understand our unique role in it.
I would say that LLI Discover not only provided me with an impulse to start realizing ideas, but it also gave me the right mindset and basis so I could manage to stand strong even when the storm comes.
I invite you to try to fully understand what I am writing about and experience for yourself what LLI offers!
I came to LLI this year to gain more practical knowledge on how to be a leader. As a Senior Paramedic, Bible study leader and motivated individual I was very interested in improving my skills and growing in my relationship with Christ. I was constantly serving others, taking courses to learn new skills for serving others and wanting to know where God would lead me next in ministry and life. I knew of DPB and the staff from prior years of volunteering and was so excited to get a full summer of learning, ministry, rest and adventure!
The closer I got to the summer, the more God began to show me how I was burnt out and tired from work, ministry and family. I had been doing too much and I was wearing thin. I pushed through until the summer and then was happy to jump on a plane and spend a summer away from life, up close and personal with Jesus.
I knew the summer would be hard but fulfilling. I expected to be filled and well rested so I could go back to serving others. But God had all kinds of plans, and I can see now how he had those plans prepared for many years! I spent the first few weeks WAY out of my comfort zone. Multiple different cultures surrounding me, many strong leaders like me, a completely different schedule than normal and tasks made to challenge us mentally and spiritually. I knew that was coming but I didn’t expect how that would affect me.
God used the people and tasks to break me down and bring down every wall I had up. Plenty of tears happened as God showed me how I had not rested in a long time and struggled to find things that brought me joy. He used debriefs with Steve and Megan to make me think about every part of my life. I said many times “I came to this summer already broken, and God is breaking me more. I thought if I just kept serving others for God’s glory that my heart would be fine.” But I learned that you can’t pour from an empty cup.
If you aren’t regularly filling up on Jesus every day, you won’t have anything to give others. So after spending most of the summer learning about what God wanted me to see and practicing new healthy habits like supportive leadership, sabbath rest, prayer and working in a team, I was put to the test! I was CREW leader with Zane and was able to practice everything! God knew that I learn more by teaching and I had many opportunities to teach CREW members lessons that I needed to learn myself. Zane and I watched God take our daily plans for CREW and change them into something much better and more glorifying to him every day! We always ended the day saying “Wow! Did you see what He did? God is amazing!”.
Through it we had the blessing of watching a girl give her life to Christ and develop a love for scripture, all because of GOD choosing to use us as tools in his handiwork. This was by far the hardest but most fulfilling summer. I could write PAGES of stories of things God taught me and stories of hearts he changed. I ended the summer still not feeling full spiritually, but with the realization that God knew that is where I needed to be. If I went home full, I would go back to my old habits and go until I was empty again. Instead, I knew I had to go back to the same old things and people but with new habits and mindset that I needed to practice.
I needed to fill daily and rely on God to serve others. That thought scared me. I didn’t want to go back. I didn’t want to leave the loving and encouraging community that I had at LLI. Here, I was being challenged, pushed, loved and listened to. Coming home felt like I would be alone and inexperienced. But the thing with LLI is, you build such amazing relationships with your team members.
We were all going through similar struggles and questions. We learned how to be open, honest and loving with each other. Through that, during the summer, we built a community, a circle of people facing inwards, doing ministry. But now we must face outwards and go into the world to share what God has done and his love. Shoulder to shoulder, encouraging each other.
My first couple weeks home were a difficult transition. A few of us LLI students would say to each other “Everything is the same, except me.” Practicing those new habits was not easy, but I knew I had my LLI community behind me, thousands of miles away, but still willing to encourage and pray for each other.
I am currently practicing a weekly day of sabbath rest, spending devotional time regularly and allowing God to work in me. I have learned to step back from so many activities and focus on spending time to listen to God so that I can better serve others. I am still struggling with a lot of things spiritually and God is still teaching me a lot about things that need to change. But He used this summer to remove all the extra things so I could focus on the most important ones.
I’m not worried about all the tough things I’m walking through, because I saw through this summer that He has a much better plan, with an ending that is more than I could ever expect. If we delight in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts. I learned this summer that God knows more about what I want than I do, every truly fulfilling and joyful thing that He gives us in time is much more than what we think we want or need right now. So yes, I’m struggling, and I’m confused sometimes, but God has walked with me this far and blessed me more than I deserve, so I know He is going to continue that good work in me and carry it on to completion. He used LLI to change my life when I didn’t even know it needed to be changed! He is a good, GOOD Father.
I have three great passions in my life – nature, children and being a Christ Follower. I have always loved to be in nature and explore God’s amazing Creation. I’ve always loved working with kids and helping them to discover the world around them. But all these years I had a feeling I was not doing enough. God was calling me somewhere else where I could use my potential more. In the meantime, I volunteered in "Scripture Union" in Latvia.
Last summer, I got to taste a little bit of the Leadership Lab International (LLI) from Croatia. There I met Steve, Michael, Brenda and some students that chose to join the LLI 2018 team, which helped me in making the final decision to participate in the program. I started to see how I can combine my three biggest passions and follow God’s will. Those were very special and important 5 days.
After this LLI Training in Estonia, I felt that it was the right time to make some changes in my life and go full time in Ministry work. I left my job, but I knew that I needed to grow as a leader, discover my strengths and weakness, get more practice in Camp Ministry. So Leadership Lab International was the perfect option for me. I went there having no idea how important this summer would be.
It is not just a program. This summer I discovered new things about God and myself every day, I improved my language skills and expanded my English vocabulary. I learned about my culture’s impact on how I was raised and how I think. I challenged myself to try new things like rock climbing and rappelling, archery, canoeing, orienteering, doing crafts with leather and wood burning.
But most importantly I made lifelong friendships with people from all over the world. I met so many amazing campers and volunteers this year that helped me to clearly see God’s love and care for His people.
My LLI team and staff became my family this summer. We built a team and learned together, we prayed and worshiped our Heavenly Father together. We cooked and traveled. We spent countless hours laughing until bedtime. We helped each other grow and become true God’s disciples. We served together spiritually - working in different Ministries, and practically - cleaning the camp place and doing yard work.
And above all I had an amazing support team who took care of me: I had special debrief times with Steve and our mentor Megan, coffee talks with Jenny and Brenda, and a supportive prayer group back at home.
When I came to Croatia at the beginning of this summer, I had lost my joy in life and had many insecurities. But God had already started His work in me.
One of my prayers during this summer was that God would take me as a useful tool in His hands. There were some special moments in camps when just a simple conversation or one of my actions inspired some campers to make changes in their lives. One special girl, who had been struggling with faith for many years, had many important questions about life. I had the amazing opportunity to be her counselor. She decided to stop being afraid and make some changes in her spiritual life. These moments were my answered prayers. I had to be there this summer because God used me in His work.
And that is so amazing! I grew week by week, I becoming more confident in myself, I discovered new leadership skills, learned that I am a peacemaker, encourager and team player and, most importantly, I renewed my relationship with God and regained joy.
Croatia will always have a special place in my heart because of the people and relationships which I built there. We have continued to communicate, praying together and for each other.
I can surely say that I came home much more equipped and prepared for my new role in Scripture Union Latvia. And also in this new journey, I continue to be mentored by the team during successes and happy moments and also during struggles in life and Ministry work.
Zane Jansone, LLI 2018 Participant
“Looking back at this summer I still cannot grasp everything God has done in and through me during LLI. There was so much and there is still so much more to come! I am still in a process of unpacking, but I can share one significant thing that I learnt and that has influenced the way I look at my relationship with God.
That is learning to be a better disciple by making abiding in Him the foundation of my journey. There have been hardships and there has been JOY in doing this. However, now I am so different from how I was at the beginning of LLI! Now I am rejoicing in His love knowing that seeing the fruit of my works is the part I do not always need to understand.
I stand in awe and wonder having no words but praise and worship to my Alpha and Omega! And this poem is my praise to Him!”
In the depths of the sea of my innermost being
I believed in the lies and I followed that pride.
You spoke and took away part of my vision
With love you pruned for the greater Provision.
First, You created man like yourself
But his reckless pride sent him right to hell.
Nothing but love and love alone
Could redeem and restore that heart of stone.
Second, You died dressed all in flesh
After washing their feet in that garden you wept.
My God, my Lord, my Restoration
Your cup of death has brought Salvation!
In the depths of the sea of my innermost being
In the tunnels of mind where the warriors fight
You moved mountains and here I am seeing
Most glorious might – Lord you dress me in white!
Nobody can rob me again
Of the robe and the ring and the slaughtered Lamb.
I belong in your throne made out of thorns
You suffered for me inclining heavenly horns.
In the depths of your Mercy and on mountain of Grace
To the altar of Moses, I bring offering of Praise.
I choose to lay down all of my heart
Your Will be done
Your Kingdom come
Oh Church arise,
We are His Bride!
Today, as I reflect on the transformation that took place in Roberta's life, I am so thankful for all of you who partner with us in prayer and support to make LLI possible.
It is when we see the difference God has made in the lives of these young leaders and the campers that come through the DPB House doors that we are reminded about why we are seeking to raise funds so more beds become available. We are continuing to ask God to raise up the funds for the LLI Cabin project so we can gain back beds that were lost under new regulations as we had to remodel the DPB House to meet new codes.
Honestly, this journey has not been easy, but your prayers and generous donations have enabled us to get this far and each donation has been such an encouragement. Every matching grant, donation, every prayer in and around the building site has brought us together with a focus to God alone be the glory in and through Jesus’ ministry at the DPB House Camp and Training Center.
Together, we press on in this vision to see a facility completed so others may meet with their God away from the noises of life in a place where they may rest and grow.
Would you consider joining us in providing funding to finish the LLI Cabin so even more young men and women will have the opportunity to grow in Christian character, commitment to God’s call on their lives and competency to be servant leaders in a world in need?
Thank you for considering joining us in expanding ministry so more young leaders may be trained throughout the year.
Grace and Peace,
Quite a few months leading up to the past summer were rough. After 9 years of trying my best to follow Christ in my own strength, I had developed detrimental self-criticism, poisonous perfectionism and a persistent judgment of others and myself. These lions as I like to call them robbed me of my joy and left me feeling emotionally burnt out.
However, God had other plans for my life so I could face those painful lions. It wasn’t my plan, but His to sign up for Leadership Lab International and this is how my story of Summer 2018 begins. God called me to this place. It was not a voice — rather I felt it in my innermost being that He wanted me to go.
I arrived at the DPB House in Severin na Kupi, Croatia not knowing what was the reason God had brought me there. I had nothing to offer and stood there only because I truly believed it was God’s idea. I prayed asking God to show His face and show me what was next.
Little did I know that there is where my Heavenly Father who knows all hearts would dig deep down into mine to uncover things I did not even realize I was holding onto. I obeyed His lead thus He took over the reins of my life and started a pruning process that would set me free to live joyfully for Him.
Thank you for your support of Leadership Lab International (LLI) through prayer and giving. Together, we are stepping alongside young leaders so they are not thrust into ministry without receiving mentored training. Your partnership with us is such a blessing to the young people who come through LLI as you can read from Roberta’s story.
Steve, you are part of this growing ministry that God is advancing to prepare young leaders in Christian character as they prepare to serve Him. Through LLI, we have the privilege of pouring our lives into the next generation as they learn to lead and become relational disciples committed to God’s kingdom work around the world.
As we draw closer to the end of 2018, would you take a moment to support LLI as we seek to mentor and train more young leaders in 2019. Your gifts will help make it possible for us to finish the new LLI Cabin (House of Rest) enabling LLI to take the next step in providing mentored training year-round. During this season, we are trusting God will raise up the final $30,000.00 for this much needed addition to the DPB House Training Center.
God also provided matching funds up to $7,000.00 and both through prayer and donations we're seeing Him provide the resources needed so the doors of the cabin may be opened for 2019.
Hoping You have a Blessed New Year,
P.S. Your special gift will help us take one step closer to providing year-round mentoring possible for young women and men. Thank you for considering making a year-end gift!
By Carri Clark
Carri is one of our LLI 2018 Transform training alumni. God used this summer to grow her love for Him and do some deep healing in her life. May her story encourage you as you walk with Jesus.
There was a table, beautiful and strong. Everyone loved it and had wonderful memories with it. The maker created it to serve people and they were influenced by it’s qualities. The table was happy to have people use it and was available day and night for anything and anyone.
But the maker knew that many people misused the table. He chased some of them away but knew he could not keep everything away. Over time, the table gathered scrapes, gouges and stains as it was bumped and damaged. It bore everything with a smile, but the maker could see it had no protection for itself and it’s structure was weak. The table continued, not realizing it was becoming worn and ready to fall apart. It hurt, and the scrapes stung, but it didn’t want to leave it’s work.
Finally the wounds took their toll and the table became discouraged. How long could it continue serving people? Some intentionally damaged it. Some didn’t even notice it. And all left their mark. The table forgot all the good it was ding and the people it had helped. It forgot how to love them. It forgot the maker that could help it…But the maker knew what was happening.
One day, the maker came and took the table away from it’s place. The table was tired and went willingly, expecting a new coat of paint or something else to cheer it up for more service. But the maker knew what it needed most. The maker began to sand the table with a rough paper. The table panicked, “This hurts! Why are you doing this?”
But the maker calmly continued his work without speaking. The maker reached every spot of the table with the paper. The table didn’t understand, “Haven’t I been through enough pain? Why are you causing more?”
The maker replied, “I am changing you. I’m going to heal the damage and make you new.”
Relieved to hear the maker’s voice at last, the table became calm. It felt peace as the maker filled every gouge, hole and scrape. Slowly, the table changed form. It became smooth and clean. But the table began to notice, it did not look the same. All it’s edges were round! All the characteristics it had were covered! New ones were being made! “This is not me! Why did you change me so much? How can I go back like this? I don’t know how to do it! I don’t want to help those people! They will just ruin all the work you’ve done! I don’t want to be marked again!”
But the maker knew his plan. He allowed the table to rest in it’s new form. People came by and touched it, admiring the maker’s work. They talked about how they could not wait to spend quiet time and meals there. They talked about how much they missed the table. But the table was not sure, it was afraid, it did not feel comfortable in it’s new form and going back to it’s old purpose. The master began applying pain, paint that protected the table from insects and small wounds. He spoke softly to the table and it began to learn many things.
It was still a table. It was still the same wood. But it had been made better, stronger and more beautiful. It had not been changed because there was something wrong with it. It had been made for a purpose and the maker would protect it. There would certainly be more scrapes and bumps, but the maker would never be far. He might not be speaking, but he will protect from the worst injuries and repair the small.