There are people who are containers for service. They uplift the hearts and lives of others. We meet some of them as we journey through life. They may be beautiful outside or quite plain, but their usefulness comes from within.
We had moved into the mountains of Virginia when George became pastor of a rural church near the town where his father had ministered for many years. In seeking to visit those named on the church roll, George asked for directions to the home of one so enrolled. The would-be helper looked way up the hollow to the mountain behind him and answered, "He lives so far up the mountain that no one ever goes up there except Dr. Brush and Brother Lauderdale." George's father was indeed one of those vessels for service. And so was Dr. Brush.
Not all those who serve the Lord in serving others are among the clergy. While living in the manse of that same mountain church, we had a bachelor neighbor who once crossed the highway to visit us. After putting away a bit of refreshment, he declared, "If more men had to cook for themselves they would appreciate their wives more." Could it be that kitchen duties can be a means of divine service? Even in the clatter of dishes and the aroma from the oven, the gift of helps is exercised and others are blessed as housewives, like their Lord, go about doing good.
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us." --- 2 Corinthians 4:7 NJKV