I’m a Teapot

When I was little we didn’t go to the doctor much. There wasn’t enough money. Instead every time we were sick my Mom would drag out the china teapot and place a tablespoon or two of loose tea in the metal filter and fill the top with boiling water. The water would gradually drain through the filter. I would peer at the etching of a fireplace with a spinning wheel while the tea steeped. Then Mom would pour a steaming cup of the tea and stir in a tablespoon of honey serving with dry toast. The tea in our minds performed a miracle – a healing took place.

t seems to me that Dr. Jesus is our healer for the church and if He is in me then we should as the little nursery rhyme says below be poured out into the lives of those around us. Poured out to bring healing or the light of Jesus to each problematic situations. A cupful should do. Do we administer the tea or do we stand straight and tall with no medicine being dispensed. Do we stand on the shelf of life looking pretty with no living giving words. Lord you pour into us, may we be willing to tip over into someone’s life. Pour those life giving words out – just give the message God gives you. We are a special pot and God is depending on us to be the light giving help to others – tip yourself over into someone elses life.

Verse One (Say Twice):
I’m a little teapot,

Short and stout,
Here is my handle, Here is my spout.

When I get all steamed up, Hear me shout,
Tip me over
And pour me out

Verse Two (Say Twice):
I’m a very special
pot, it’s true. Here, let me show you
what I can do. I can change my handle, And my spout, Tip me over, And pour me out.

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I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

15 thoughts on “I’m a Teapot

  1. In the Bible it says Paul was poured out for others. And he said we should follow his example. When we do we can expect a reward. In 2 Timothy 4:2, 6-8 he says:
    “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction…
    For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. “

  2. “I’m a very special..pot, it’s true. Here, let me show you what I can do. I can change my handle, And my spout, Tip me over, And pour me out.” I like this verse.

    As we journey in life at times we need to pause and change our handles and our spouts. Maybe heal emotionally, Sometimes forgive an offense. Other times put a stop to stubbornness. Selfishness needs to morph into selfless. Cool, let’s just switch the handle and spout and be a good teapot for serving.

  3. In our Bible Study with Beth Moore her day to day encouagement for us is to sit down with the Lord, daily with our journals and perform 3 steps….Pour Out, Pour In, Pour Forth.
    The First step is to Pour Out to Jesus all the things that grieve Him and confess to Him our faults and our …mis-steps.
    The second step is to Pour In all the power of the Holy Spirit into our hearts and the promises and the light of God’s Word…pouring into us for wisdom, and strength and power.
    The third step is to Pour Forth what has been invested in us and the gifts and skills and talents and HOW TO USE THEM to encourage another’s life and walk.
    Pour Out, Pour In, Pour Forth..
    It reminds me of another childhood sing-song I always chanted as a little kid. “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring. He hit his hed on the top of the bed and didn’t get up in the morning.”
    As GOD rains down on us this latter day rain, let us not be snoring and knocked-out with weariness of well-doing. But let us rise up to a new day, a new dawn. Let us get up in the morning. And Let us pour forth!

  4. MG that was fabulous. We listened to that exact same tape this week again. Thank you for reminding us of that beautiful lesson. Yes, let us pour forth!

  5. Also isn’t it cool that God had us review that tape and he had you thinking about it again and you are not with us right now to know that. God is GREAT. He keeps us all on the same page near or far.

  6. Yes, MG we don’t want to allow weariness to set into our minds and then actions. I read that tea that sits in a tea pot can go rancid from the poyphenols in it. It has to be poured out timely for good usefulness. Then more new tea can be made…and so the fresh flow continues.

    Galatians 6:9-10 encourages us: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

  7. OBSERVATION FROM AFAR:
    As I observe the Body of Christ from different angles and participate in services with different churches, there is one thing that seems universal, {even though the BODY has been commanded to be “Universal”}. And that is the crying out, the seeking and petitioning GOD, of the pastors, from their pulpits and from their hearts …..God’s servants , for unity and the effecting of the great commission for their flocks to go into the whole world and preach the Gospel. Let’s face it. Many of us are pew warmers, giving lip service and parroting “amens”. Jesus said, ‘When I return, will I find FAITH on the earth?” Where is He going to look for it? In HIS CHURCH! But many of the “faithful” seem apathetic, unmoved, “in-one’ear” sheep, fat with teachings, wooly with the Word but not allowing themselves to be sheared and providing the warmth of their yeilding to a lost and cold and dying world. Not willing to POUR FORTH, and more correctly not KNOWING HOW despite teachings.
    I have watched the homeless, grasping, gasping and greedy for a meal, a dollar, tens of hundreds them, like a wave of poverty over the city. Many, many. I looked at the laborers….the harvest greater and greater the laborers fewer and fewer. The same workers, over and over. And the harvest increases exponentially and the laborers do not. The pastors cry out and the people nod in agreement, eyes glazed over and, preoccupied with and stymied by what the world, the flesh and the devil has afflicted them. If this sounds harsh it is only what I have been observing as I listen to different pastors and leaders.
    Who is willing to Pour Forth? Only those who have continually Poured Out to the Lord the sin and errors of every day life that accost us. Unforgiveness, pride, Not In the Word of God, daily. Who is willing to Pour Forth? Only those who have POURED IN the wisdom of the Word of God, daily, to know and understand and discern what is needed to bring in a soul. Only these steps in progression can effect change in the world and bring in the harvest, the POURING FORTH. “Unless the Lord build the house, those who labor, labor in vain.”

  8. Two ladies of our little church, Debi and Rena with myself had this discussion this week while having great hot coffee with steaming milk from Starbucks on a cold day. We were discussing the following:
    The Lukewarm Church (Revelation 3:14-22) (Revelation 3:15) I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
    (Revelation 3:16) So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

    The water of Colosse, was cool and refreshing, and the water of Hierapolis, was hot and healing, But,the water at Laodicea was lukewarm and hard to swallow…I think we would prefer our tea/coffee hot or cold.

    I would like to ask if Pastors/Elders stand, pray and talk but yet not; take a stand for anything by taking action against the wrong what happens?

    As leaders we have to take action with our talk and prayers. (Revelation 3:17) “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” Pure self-deception.The deeper problem of the church in Laodicea was not about their indifference’s, but it was ignorance of their true condition!!!!!

    Our hope is when we, church, or individual, recognize and acknowledge our failures, our lukewarmness and repent then we have hope for renewal. We either up the temp or lower the degree. We will use our computers and upload or download!

    If one person hears the cry of the Pastor/leader and stands up for right and moves in integrity I believe renewal in the church will happen. Why, because the Word of God is about ONE doing this and One doing that! Today we see much good work/deeds being done by the deeds of ONE good man/woman. Hope we will be the ONE for hot or cold.

    I remember life with my parents and early church was ‘not talk about the problems in the church but talk and work through them.” I understood that meant if I was old enough to talk about them I was old enough to do something about them.

  9. “I remember life with my parents and early church was ‘not talk about the problems in the church but talk and work through them.” I understood that meant if I was old enough to talk about them I was old enough to do something about them.”

    I guess this means we sang the song of little teapot as a child but then we grew up and became the teapot!

  10. Yes, Lord,
    Please help me to not allow the “tea to become rancid”, help me to deliver “life giving words”. Thanks, Rena and all of the “lillies”, for your encouraging words.

  11. Sara’s statement: “The deeper problem of the church in Laodicea was not about their indifference’s, but it was ignorance of their true condition!!!!!” I think this is why Pastor’s/Elders have to take a stand to expose the truth. If we aren’t made aware of our condition we can’t be free…we will be slaves of unexposed sin and remain imprisoned to demonic forces whose goal is to keep us lukewarm.
    Yes, over steaming coffee, leaders like Sara take a stand, speak truth and expose sin and the works of darkness, and I for one am the better for it.

  12. If we all could pour out sweet tea for Jesus rather than rancid teas the world would be a better place to live. It would be good to get rid of that rancid tea . It is nice to have Ren a up a couple days maybe she can pour me some good tea from that teapot.

  13. When the Church can no longer or will not discern sin in the BODY OF CHRIST, then we are in for huge repercussions. The books of Corinthians deal with this subject, on a grand scale. Paul diagnoses the problem and gives the godly solution. But if we only take the parts that we like and are comfortable with, then the consequences will be what we reap.
    In 1Cor. 1, Paul urges us t to be in perfect harmony with one another and full agreement. So some take that exhortation to mean, ‘let it go’ don’t addresss that particular thing so that there won’t be dissention in the Body of Christ.
    On the other hand when there is apparant or even obvious misconduct
    in the Church Paul says, “and you are proud and arrogant and you rather should mourn and be in sorrow and shame UNTIL THE PERSON(s) are either removed or brought to repentance and change.” So we ignore that and we say….let’s keep confrontation and disagreement away from our fellowship.
    We snip and cut out parts we have a hard time facing and keep the parts of the Scripture that we can live with. And yet we cannot LIVE without the Whole Counsel. And we do not know how to confront in love. But we waver and have guilty consciences and and shun the prodding of the Holy Spirit. Oh God, help us. Help our leaders.

  14. (I Samuel 2:30 NCV)” I will honor those who honor me, but I will dishonor those who ignore me.”

    Would a whole congregation agree to let wrong continue with no help for the helpless?

  15. Those who honor are wise and in Daniel it tells their reward. Daniel 12:3 The wise people will shine like the brightness of the sky. Those who teach others to live right will shine like stars forever and ever. I got a mental picture of someone taking authority and beating sin like putting out a hell fire (wrong) until it was gone from the midst of the people.

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