Sermon Illustrations

My two year old son Sebastian loves tools! In fact any time that I am using a drill then he has to have his toy drill. He follows me around screwing in imaginary screws on window sills and walls – the whole time saying over and over again, “I shrew, I shrew!”

But what he really likes if I let him actually use his drill in a real screw that I am with. Of course it won’t actually turn anything but this matters-not to Sebastian. He lacks absolutely no confidence in his ability to really fix things with his plastic pretend drill.

I’m terribly afraid that far too often we are just the opposite? How often do we hold a very powerful tool but because we misunderstand its potential, because we think that we are not capable or perhaps not even worthy, we pass up opportunities to share our gifts with others?