Make you perfect in every good work
To do His will,
Working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight,
Through Jesus Christ

Hebrews 13:21

In June Grace and I drove to Mexico to help build an orphanage.

The construction crew was assigned to paint the bedrooms, to lay cement, and to build a cinderblock wall.

In the beginning, Grace and I were assigned to the painting crew.  We were in charge of painting the boys dorm cream, while the other crew was painting the girls dorm turquoise.  We opened the five gallon bucket and got to work, pouring the cream paint into the tray, filling our rollers, and covering the gray plastered wall with happiness.  It wasn’t long before we realized someone would have to cut in the cream color where the wall met the ceiling.  There are not ladders at the orphanage, so we had to improvise… we grabbed the five gallon bucket of paint that we weren’t using and stood on top of it, moving it incrementally down the wall, from room to room, until we were done.

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Once the job was finished we were invited to help mix cement.  There are no cement trucks at the orphanage, so we learned how to do it from scratch.  The recipe is 4 buckets of fine sand, 2 buckets of water, and 1 bag of mix.  As you can probably guess, there are no bags of fine sand at the orphanage, so we had to make it ourselves.  Some were assigned to throw shovels of sand into a handmade strainer, while others filled buckets to move the fine sand onto the kitchen floor so a different group could make the cement.

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We brought our cream 5 gallon paint can down and washed out the paint.
Then we filled it up with fine sand and carried it into the kitchen.
Over and over we carried the sand until the cement was ready.

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Then a wheelbarrow was filled, and an assembly line was created, and we prepared to move the cement to the worksite.

We took our cream 5 gallon paint bucket and washed out the sand.
Then we filled it up with wet cement and sent it down the assembly line to build a sidewalk.
Over and over we carried the cement until the sidewalk was done.

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And then, we took our cream 5 gallon paint bucket and washed out the cement.

We set it against the wall in the protection of the kitchen and we gathered all of our work tools.
Someone carefully organized them inside the bucket so they would be ready when the day began again.

On my way out of the worksite I glanced back at the 5 gallon bucket…

Holder of paint, stool for stepping, receptacle for water, container for sand, transporter of cement, gathering place for tools…

Whatever was needed, just when it was needed most.

Reliable, ready, willing.

And I thought to myself, I want to be a five gallon bucket.

I want to be ready and willing to be used however God wants to use me in that moment.

A holder of hearts, a lifter of souls, a receptacle of good, a transporter of love, a gatherer of people.


I want Him to know that if He calls I will be ready.


Insight and Inspiration

Phillipians 1:6
He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it.

Isaiah 55:11
It shall accomplish that which I please, and shall prosper in the thing whereunto I sent it.

The Invitation

Do you feel that God is working in you? Are you willing to let Him play a part in what you accomplish and how you prosper? How could you be more like a five gallon bucket today?

Emily Freeman
Emily Freeman took her first creative writing class in high school and has loved writing ever since. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. She is the author of several books, including The Peter Potential: Discover the Life you Were Meant to Live; 21 Days Closer to Christ; and Written On Our Hearts. There is nothing Emily enjoys more for breakfast than a bowl of coconut ice cream, strawberries, and toasted coconut. Other favorites include parades, vacations, firework displays, and going for a long walk with a good friend. Emily and her husband, Greg, live in Lehi, Utah, with their four children, whom she adores.
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