My friend, may I ask you a question? How are you using your hands today? Do they touch others in tenderness or push them away in strife or bitterness? God gives us the freedom to do either, but does he expect us to put one before the other?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner
God has given us many ways to use our hands. Hands can be weapons and hands can bless. Hands can crush and hands can support. We use our hands to wave “hello” and we use the same hands to offend with a gesture. So it is with how we employ our hands in the work that God has given us. Our hands can convey the message that the work we do is blessed and the results are hopeful. Or, if we choose, our hands will often convey the message that it really doesn’t matter how the work is done. All that matters is that these hands move on to something else.
How are you using your hands today? Do they touch others in tenderness or push them away in strife or bitterness? God gives us the freedom to do either, but does he expect us to put one before the other?
Here’s a story from Melva Cooper: “My husband loves digging in the dirt. When the first breeze of warm air blows in the springtime, his thoughts turn to growing something. Tools to till the soil are brought out of storage and his lawn mower is readied to clip the first green grass that appears. Red azaleas, yellow roses, and pink begonias leap forth as he plants and spades gently around each one. Tomato, bell pepper, and cucumber plants make up “Granddad’s Garden”, a micro space in his retirement years. It takes a lot of hard work from the time they are put in the ground until fruit from the plants is produced for our table. He is a good worker and many days he can be found tenderly caring for the flowers, lawn, and garden. A ‘good and tender digger of the dirt’ is what his young niece calls someone who persists until the soil is planted.” (Melva Cooper)
How do each of us become “tender” in the work that we do? Often we rush into our work and complete it only as it suits us. We skip parts of it and brush over the important details. Getting it done is often more important than doing it well. What kind of workers does God want you and I to be? God wants each of us to take it seriously; He wants us to be tender toward it, always with a loving hand and heart connected to it. God started with something simple when He created us–the dust of the ground. Perhaps that’s the key to finding contentment in this life–keeping our fingers in it so that we might also become “a good and tender digger of ‘God’s’ dirt.”
We pray. Heavenly Father, by the ongoing work of your Spirit, change my heart, Father. I want a kind heart, a tender heart, a sweet heart, a compassionate heart, a caring heart, a servant’s heart, a soft heart—the heart of Jesus. I long to be more restful and less resentful, more merciful and less mercenary, quicker to listen than to speak, quicker to be flexible than rigid, more likely to be consoling than controlling. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/scotty-smith/a-prayer-for-a-gentler-kinder-christ-like-heart/–adapted)
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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