On weekends when I teach, I like to use my Bible and put my notes in it. I have used podiums, but they are too big and obtrusive and become a barrier between me and the folks in the room. So, for the past few months, I've had a stool that I put beside me and lay my Bible on. But the stool is really too short. A music stand is too big. A podium is WAY too big. I needed something...custom. A podium-like structure with a 12x12 platform with a very slight angle. Something black and un-obtrusive.
I have a friend who goes to PCC who fabricates metal. He was telling me one night about some lighthouses he had made. So I called him one day and said, 'hey, I was wondering if you could make me a podium that's really NOT a podium.'
He got some measurements from me and said he'd love to do it as a gift to the church. I didn't give him anything except what I've said here. I wasn't thinking about it in a creative way. I didn't give him a template or any kind of formatting style. But today I saw what he made, and it is awesome! He did this by hand!
It's always amazing to me what people can do with their talent and skill. Like I was saying this past Sunday, figure out your gift and pursue excellence it. I'm grateful that this friend - and so many people at our church - pursue their gifts and use them to do great things!