Tabitha was an includer. She sewed clothing for the widows and orphans in Joppa. This was a very important ministry because being a widow meant you had no way of getting an income or being able to provide for your family. Tabitha saw their need and welcomed them into her life.
People exceptionally talented in the Includer theme accept others. They show awareness of those who feel left out and make an effort to include them. Read more
I can't think of a more needed theme this week than Includer. Our country is going through a difficult time. People are divided on just about everything. The word "Inclusion" is almost a bad word. Exclusion is the word of the day! We accept all these people...BUT these ones. We want all to be included...EXCEPT those with opposing views. THOSE people, we bash and make fun of.
People who are especially talented in the Includer theme are accepting of others. They show awareness of those who feel left out, and make an effort to include them.
Tabitha's story can be found in Acts 9:36-43. Tabitha (her name is Greek was Dorcas) is singled out in the Bible as a woman who was "full of good works and charitable deeds" (Acts 9:36).
She had a heart for the most vulnerable people in society- especially widows and orphans. In Biblical times, widows had no means of financial support or physical/legal protection. They were often very poor because of this.Read more
Make that circle wider! Even from a young age, you can identity people with the talent of Includer. They want everyone to be a part of the group. And if the group needs to be wider to accommodate everyone, that's even better! This is definitely an "US", not "Them" theme! It is ALL about building relationships and bettering the group by bringing in many types of resources.