Over the next couple of weeks, I want to unwrap some of the best gifts that we have been given– gifts from the hand of our Heavenly Father. All too often, we take these good and perfect gifts for granted. Hopefully, these next posts will serve as a great reminder for us all.
I should mention. . . . I attempted to write this post last week, however, after two back-to-back Venti Americano spills at Starbucks, it was clear that it was not the day to write this particular post as my hands were anything but a gift. Don’t you love days like that?! Thankfully, they seem to be cooperating today.
We use our hands every day and take them for granted all too often because we are focused on what we need them to do for us instead of seeing them as the true gift that they are.
Hands, as we all know, work. We wash dishes, separate laundry, prepare meals, steer the car from point A to point B, and cling to a cup of coffee as we try to fuel up for the day that awaits. We continue to use our hands throughout the entire day to work.
While this is one of the reasons our gracious God gave us hands, it is not the only one. God gave them to us to love, to serve, and to praise too.
Hands allow us to show love to others: A touch that says “I love you,” a hand that writes a note of encouragement to someone, hands that make a meal for a family in need, hands that wipe tears from a child who is overcome with sadness or pain, and hands that create beautiful things for others list just a few ways that our hands are truly a good and perfect gift from God.
Action Step: How can you use your hands to show love to someone today?
Hands are often used to serve others. Each time we pack food at Feed My Starving Children, it is with hands that the work is accomplished, from getting the bag under the funnel, to scooping the ingredients, to sealing the bags, and finally to packing the food into boxes.
Hands are powerful instruments that God gave us to share His heart with others and that often starts with serving.
Action Step: How can you and your family serve others this Christmas season with your hands?
Our hands can be used to praise. I was listening to a song in the car one day and this thought occurred to me: When we raise it up, we are raised up. In other words, when we praise Him with our hands lifted up, He becomes our focus instead of the temporary struggle that is stealing our joy.
Action Step: Open up your hands to the Lord, ready and willing to receive what He has for you today. Praise Him and surrender.
Isaiah 66:2, NLT
My hands have made both heaven and earth;
they and everything in them are mine.
I, the Lord, have spoken!
“I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts,
who tremble at my word. . .
May we use our hands mightily for the Lord but remain humble, allowing all of our actions to bring glory to Him and Him alone. And. . . next time the piles of laundry begin to weigh you down, thank the Lord for the gift of hands and the privilege to love and serve those in your home. This self talk has helped my grumbling heart a time or two before. As I write, my dryer is singing me a song to remind me the towels are dry and need to be folded. I must say, I am completely annoyed. Ugh.
So I cling to this:
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Col. 3:23).
Happy to work for you, Lord. I am on my way to fold towels!