Knitting for pleasure or purpose …

“Tend to your knitting. You have your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.” Romans 14:12


Years ago, my husband and I spent two weeks touring by bus through Eastern Europe. Many of the miles were not Kodak moments, and I’d pull out my knitting to keep my hands and mind busy. A woman sitting across the aisle also worked on a knitting project. One day she asked, “What are you knitting?” I proudly showed her the dishcloth under construction (a “talker” project–something I could knit without following a pattern.) Then, with her nose tipped slightly upward, she said, “You should knit something worthwhile,” and showed me a yellow and blue variegated stocking hat she was making for a disadvantaged child.

After her comment, my needles clicked away faster as I thought, “How dare she tell me that my work is worthless—she has no way of knowing how much pleasure these little cotton gems give to a friends when it pops out of a “thinking about you” card.

Lord, let us tend to our knitting and our own business before trying to knit and purl on your neighbor’s needles. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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