What Kind of Flower are You?
Lay Servant Ministries
“All persons are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.” Isaiah 40:6
One of the things I inherited from my mother was a love of flowers. When our first and only home was purchased, I began planting flowers and have continued since. I have learned a lot about them.
Flowers are either annuals or perennials. Those that are annuals will live and bloom for only a season. This includes petunias, marigolds, and zinnias, to name a few. Occasionally, an annual like Sweet William or snap dragons will come back for another year. Perennials will have a season of rest during the cold winter and will come back in the spring year after year. That refers to tulips, iris, and daffodils.
There are flowers that have big showy flowers on them and need plenty of room, like hydrangeas, hibiscus, and flowering bushes like lilacs and crepe myrtle. Others are small with dainty little flowers like violets, alyssum, or lobelia that can go in arrangements with larger flowers to fill in empty spaces.
Some flowers you can count on to come up in the same place each year like roses. Others like iris, tulips, and daffodils may spread out by making new little bulbs that will grow and bloom. Some, like the mint plant I have, spreads its roots and can come up several feet away from the original plant sometimes pushing other plants out. Others like geraniums and airplane plants will grow from cuttings from the original plant. Others grow from seeds. There are many ways flowers can multiply.
I have discovered that people are a lot like flowers. Those who are annuals are the ones we see in the church only a couple of times a year. The perennials are those who are there regularly throughout the year. Some people are showy and entertaining. Others are quiet and go about their work with no big display. Some people bloom where they are planted in their local church while others may bloom in other places, like in the District or Conference. In either place, they spread out and multiply, making new disciples. It doesn’t matter if they’re gorgeous roses or humble dandelions, each has a gift to use in God’s world.
Lay Servant Ministry can help those looking for ways to bloom and multiply disciples for Christ. This begins with taking the Basic Lay Servant class. After doing that, a person may take any number of classes to help them learn about the history or polity of the United Methodist Church or to help them in their spiritual growth, leading prayer, worship, or small classes, caring for others, or communicating by teaching or preaching. Whatever their interest, they can find information or skills to share with others and perhaps even make new disciples. For more information, check the greatplainsumc.org site or contact your District Director of LSM.
--Phyllis Stoppel, Hutchinson District Director of LSM