Over the years, we hear hundreds, then thousands of messages, talks or Bible studies. Of course we don’t remember them all. The ones that stick for me have usually been profoundly simple, and often involved a memorable metaphor.
One of those was given at least a dozen years ago by my friend and mentor, Chuck Miller. The simple message was about integrating our deepening life with Jesus Christ and our outer engagement in ministry and leadership. The visual was kitchenware: a pitcher, a cup, a saucer and a plate.
How has this stuck? How has it helped me over the years?
This metaphor eventually became the core image for Chuck’s book, The Spiritual Formation of Leaders (Xulon, 2007). I especially like chapter 19 where he is playful with the metaphor, illustrating some of the ways we can get our kitchenware out of order.
What sermon visual has captured you and stuck with you?
When it comes to “pitcher/cup…saucer/plate,” how does this visual intersect with where you find yourself in life and ministry today?
Alan Fadling serves as Executive Director of The Leadership Institute in Orange, CA, training Christian leaders to integrate spiritual formation and leadership development. He serves as a frequent speaker and consultant and is the author of An Unhurried Life (IVP, 2013). He is a certified spiritual director living in Mission Viejo, California, with his wife Gem, and their three sons.