Keep Your Fork – AWE Ideas
At this station, have forks available for each participant to take home.
Keep Your Fork
There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. As she was getting her things “in order,” she contacted her pastor. She had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. The woman also requested to be buried with her favorite Bible.
Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.
“There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly. “What’s that?” came the pastor’s reply. “This is very important,” the woman continued, “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.” The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say. “That surprises you, doesn’t it?” the woman asked. “Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” said the pastor.
The woman explained. “In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, “Keep your fork.” It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming, like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie – something wonderful and with substance! So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder ‘What’s with the fork?’ Then I want you to tell them: “Keep Your Fork..The best is yet to come”
The Best Is Yet to Come
Take a fork home to remind you that not only is the best yet to come at the return of Jesus, but the best in your earthly life is yet to come. It is time to discover your passions and go after them. Realize the part of God that He has made you to represent and start living it!
While you sit here, think about what you really love to do. What type of documentaries do you really enjoy watching? What do you think about the most? When you reach the end of your life and you’re standing in Heaven looking back, what’s the one thing you want to be most happy about having done or having been? Write it all down.
Ask God what to do with this information. What does He want you to do? Write this down, too. Take home what you have written and continue to talk to the Lord about it.
When you take this fork home, put it in a place you can see it and every time you see it say out loud,