But Only in an Advisory Capacity

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During a country church service, a man leapt up and cried, "Lord, use me!" The startled pastor tolerated the outburst and returned to his sermon.

The next Sunday during the service, the same man stood up and cried: "Lord, use me!" The pastor again ignored the interruption and resumed preaching. After church, the pastor handed the shouter a can of turpentine and a scraper, telling him to strip the paint from several rows of old pews.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. The next Sunday, the same man rose in church. This time he cried, "Lord, use me . . . but only in an advisory capacity!" He didn't yet understand that all labor can be used by God—in the high calling of our daily work.

You have seen many things, but have paid no attention;
your ears are open, but you hear nothing.

(Isa. 42:20)