Yesterday I posted that Cindy Todd MSA team member and founder of Snohomish Soap Company will hold a workshop on Spirituality and Soap at the Mustard Seed House and I know that some of you are asking – Why make soap and what does that have to do with following Jesus or with Mustard Seed Associates?
This morning I read this post on the Do Lectures 2011 – 5 Lessons on How to Love Life and Improve the World Around You. It makes inspiring reading. The first lesson from speaker Steve Edge was: Things are not the way they are. We don’t have to settle for the status quo. We all have the power to decide to be different, to go against the grain, to stand out, to stand up. Hmm now that could easily be something that Jesus told his disciples. We are indeed called to be different and to make a difference in this world.
… use your gifts to “build a machine that turns into a gift giving machine.” Frank’s Big Do is this: “How can we uncover the auspicious wonder that lies at the heart of making?”
We can make a living and make a difference in this world if we are willing to step out and take a risk and that is at the core of who we are and what MSA is all about. We increasingly want to inspire and equip people to step out into the ways of God. To see that God has uniquely gifted each of us to be co-creators with the living God in our unique ways that can make a difference in God’s world.
And that is part of what Cindy is showing with her soap business. What began as a way to help her and her family survive in difficult financial times has become a thriving business that highlights the importance of local sustainability while providing jobs for single parent mums. It has networked her into the local community. It has exposed her to the stuggles and dreams of others who make their livings through small businesses. And underlying it are her Christian values and a desire to make a difference in God’s world. One of her dreams is to help women with disabled kinds in the Ukraine learn to make soap as a cottage industry. I love to hear what Cindy has learned about God and faith through her business creation and I know that there are many in God’s world who are blessed because she has stepped out in this way.
How have you used the unique gifts God has placed within you to make a difference in this world?