Ecclesiastes 9:10a, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might …”
Psalm 90:17, “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”
James 2:26, “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”
Recently I was at the hairdresser and beside me sat an empty chair waiting for a three-year old little boy who hollered and shed more than a few tears at the prospect of his unknown fate. But with the promise of a lolly-pop he allowed himself to be picked up and placed on the booster seat and draped with a large plastic cape. After a few slurpy licks on the sweet treat Mom took it to avoid stray hairs. At which point he settled under the drape and then promptly froze as if any movement might lead to the loss of an ear to two.
When his ordeal drew to a close Mom tried to return the goodie and asked, “Where is your hand?” To which the little boy emphatically replied, “I don’t know!” Once tucked under the drape I guess he figured his hands just might have disappeared. At least he didn’t want to move and take the chance!
So, what are your hands doing today?
What did you do for the Lord this morning, this week, this month? Did you carry a meal to the Hungry? Offer a glass of water to the Thirsty? Provide clothing to the Needy? Pick up the phone and call the Lonely? Visit the Homebound? Respond with kindness to the Angry and Rude? Extend mercy and forgiveness to the Hateful? Help out the Helpless? Encourage the Discouraged? Love the Unlovely? Speak God’s name to All?
Don’t freeze under the drape of busyness, tiredness, fear, apathy or even laziness. Get moving, take a chance and do mighty works for the Lord right now!
Working on Working My Hands for God’s Good, PJ
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