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Dippers, Strippers, and Equippers

Now may the God of peace...equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Hebrews 13:20-21

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Coffee almost shot out my nose as I laughed at an unexpected comment at a Christian conference center.

For several years, I’ve attended various conferences at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. It is a full-service conference location in a spiritually refreshing setting. Most importantly, it boasts the Clouds Coffee Shop. While serving gourmet coffees, teas, and fresh lattes, the delightful staff also offer an assortment of drinks, ice cream, and other treats.

Since an eye-opening cup of Joe goes hand-in-hand with a cool mountain sunrise, I indulged myself with an early morning French Vanilla cappuccino. In a light-hearted moment with the baristas, I complimented their skills at being quality caffeinators. One of the spirited ladies remarked, “We’re also Dippers and Strippers.”

Seeing my surprise, they explained that they dip ice cream, strip beds in the hotel rooms, and help however they can throughout the entire campus. They were joyful in their multitasking skills because they viewed everything they did as service for God—which started me thinking.

Part of our role as Christians is to help equip fellow believers as we prepare the Bride of Christ for His return. He has given us His Word, His Spirit, and His Commission to win the lost and make disciples.

Even though it seems the dedicated ladies at the coffee shop perform tasks far removed from the “front lines” of Christianity, the “dippers and strippers” are foundational equippers. Any service to God, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, is a huge contribution to God’s overall purpose.

So, here’s to the “dippers, strippers, and equippers” at the Clouds Coffee Shop as well as around the world. Approach even your menial tasks as service to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Nate Stevens

A lifelong student of Scripture, Nate Stevens has also enjoyed a forty-year banking career in a variety of leadership roles. He is the author of: Matched 4 Life (book and workbook), Deck Time with JesusTransformed: Until Christ is Formed in YouConformed: Into the Likeness of ChristInformed: Living by God’s Absolute Truth, and God’s Secret Place. He is also a contributing author on several of the Moments Books series (Billy Graham Moments, Romantic Moments, Divine Moments, Spoken Moments, Christmas Moments, Stupid Moments, and Broken Moments). He writes online articles for ChristianDevotions.us and KingdomWinds.com, as well as several other ministries. Additionally, he co-founded and leads Fusion, a Christian singles ministry. A popular speaker and teacher at conferences, seminars, and Bible study groups, he speaks on a wide variety of topics. Nate has two adult children. He and his wife, Karen, live near Charlotte, North Carolina. Follow Nate and find more resources at: www.natestevens.net