Rocking Chair or Beanbag?

Which do you prefer? Which are you?

Before I elaborate on why I ask the question, let me explain that I love a good rocking chair. There are not many things better than sitting in a nice wooden rocking chair and rocking for what seems to be endless minutes, or maybe even hours. Anytime I find myself in a rocking chair, I instinctively begin rocking. I just like those chairs.

But when it comes to bean bags, they seem so versatile. They are soft, moldable, cozy, and nowadays even provide a little more support to sit upright if you so desire. You can mash them down or lay on top of them. The large ones are even great for cuddling up to your child or loved one. Bean bags just seem so adaptable that they can be used in a variety of seating positions.

Now – why do I blog on chairs? I’d like to compare ourselves to a chair. What kind of chair are you? Are you the rocking variety or the beanbag type?

God has a plan for each of us; He has plans for rocking chairs and beanbags. Rocking chairs seem a little rigid – not very flexible. They are great at what they are designed for, but a person can only use them for that one thing. Beanbags, on the other hand, kind of go with the flow – they’ll function however needed to suit a child’s (or adult’s) needs.

Do you allow God to mold you like a beanbag into the need He has at that moment? Or are you stiff like a rocking chair and insist that you only be used in one way?

It’s that time of the year when churches reach out for volunteers to help in the coming school year. The positions they have open may not suit what you believe is your talent, but don’t let that hold you back. Be a little beanbag-like, and allow God to mold you into something new this year!