What’s A REmissionary?
A missionary goes about spreading the Good News of the Gospel to all who will listen. That’s a good thing.
What does a REmissionary do, then? Well, I’ll tell you.
A REmissionary does for things what a missionary does for people – offer new life for old things. A missionary tells people how to get rid of the garbage and get a new life in Christ. A REmissionary takes old things and gives them a new life…either by repurposing them or refurbishing them. Sometimes you can’t even tell what the original life was!
That’s how I felt after I came to know the Lord Jesus: new, totally revamped, nothing like the old me. I was an old thing…an emotional basket case, lost, hopeless, ugly inside old thing (although age-wise I wasn’t very old at all, under 30), with a chip on my shoulder bigger than Texas. Now, over 30 years later, I still feel like a new creature!! I can vaguely remember what my life was like B.C. (before Christ), enough to know that is NOT where I want to be now.
And so, we come to how I became a REmissionary. I like to take something old and try to squeeze a little more life out of it before I throw the skin away. Just a couple of examples. Take old jeans. Beat up, torn in places, zipper doesn’t work any more, pockets are frayed. Those make GREAT purses!
A shoulder pad from a sweater…the seam ripped right out of that satiny material. So I took the pads out. What can you do with an old shoulder pad??? Make a catnip mouse out of it, of course.
A thimble that’s too big…some broken sewing machine needles…a couple of straight pins that are just a wee bit rusty or bent…three or four little buttons….Look at the beautiful little flower-pot they make. Pop a magnet on the back and voila! A cute little decoration for the sewing room, the fridge, the office file cabinet – or any other metal surface needing a touch of spring. I found a great inspiration for this here, at Dollar Store Crafts; although I made mine differently, it’s the same basic principal. See what you can do with stuff that just needs a new mission in life!