God made me on a morning when he had nothing else to do.———-C.F. Lloyd
We can often feel this way about ourselves. We can’t imagine that we have any skills or talents to offer. We feel useless.
One quote that I have always loved is “God didn’t make junk.” Each of us has something to offer. Each of us has gifts that God has given us. We just have to recognize them and put them to use for his kingdom. We are worthy….God made us.
Imaginative God, you made each of us unique. Help us to find and use the gifts that you have given us. AMEN
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
This was one of my grandmother’s favorite verses. On the surface it sounds easy but maybe not. God does work for our good at all times but he does want something in return. He wants us to love Him. He wants us to fulfill the purpose that he has called us to do.
That is not easy. It requires us to do our best to follow him each day and listen for His voice in all things. To do this we have to take the time to listen and then to act. Do we do this?
Forgiving God, we know that we don’t listen all the time or follow through with your desires. Help us to see more clearly the way we should go. AMEN
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. ——-Buddha
We all want to do some great work and change the world. We keep trying to find our niche. The problem is that our niche may be the simplest thing. Each thing we do matters. There is nothing too small. Just taking food to someone sick may be the thing you are called to do. Don’t waste time trying to be things you are not. Be the best you- you can be.
Imaginative God, help us to see that everything matters and no job is too small. AMEN
“Holy” has the same root as “wholly”: it means complete. A man is not complete in spiritual stature if all his mind, heart, soul, strength are not given to God. R. J. H. Stewart
We seldom think about what we give to God. Are we willing to let go of our whole person to God? This quote doesn’t mention body but I think it is contained in “strength.” We have to surrender everything. How do we do that? By letting go of small pieces at a time. Give up what you can each day and every day.
We are so caught up in ourselves that we can’t step outside. In order to be holy and whole we have to give everything. Loving God help us.
Each of us truly is a limited edition. God only made one of you and one of me. There has never been another person in the past or future exactly like us. Each of us can make a contribution to God’s world and our contribution will also be unique. You have a role to fill…. a ministry to live out. You just have to look hard enough. Where God calls you may seem insignificant compared to someone else but that is not what God had in mind. Your ministry is important to God. Nothing is too small done in his name.
Loving God, you know that each of us has something to do for you. Help us to find that ministry and live it out. AMEN
Without labor nothing prospers.
God did not call us to just sit in church each week. Church is important. It is where we find the community that upholds us on our path but it is not the end. It is the beginning. Once we have been to church we are called to carry Christ right out the door and into our everyday lives. How else with others know what a true Christian is? Take Christ home and share him with others.
Understanding God, help us to understand our mission in the world. Remind us to carry Christ with us wherever we go. AMEN