Prepare my hands to loosen their grip

Day 27

The video from Finding Nemo where the birds are squawking, "mine, mine, mine" cracks me up. It also resonates with my inability to let go of things. I believe it is because I have held onto material things as if they belong to me!
The truth is everything in this world belongs to God. 

"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." I Corinthians 10:26
Having open hands with our possessions means that we see ourselves as stewards of them and not owners.

David knew this very well and describes it in I Chronicles 29:12-16

Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.

Do you have things that you are holding onto with a death grip? Is it difficult for you to share them with others? What would it look like if you loosened that grip and offered it back to God?

What if today as you start your car, pick up your phone, drink your coffee, you stop and thank God for His provision and His graciousness to allow you to use His things? Maybe then our hands will hold onto things with a lighter grip.

Everything comes from you, help me to be a gracious and sharing servant of your possessions.


Prepare my hands to serve

Day 26

and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Matthew 20:27-18

Slave-devoted to another to the disregard of one's own interests

Serving others in the name of Jesus can be tough. It is difficult see ourselves as His servants but this is what we must dedicate ourselves to.
It starts with the preparation and asking the Lord to direct you

With all of my heart-Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, Ephesians 6:7

Working for the Lord-Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23

Humbly Serving-serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13

Using my Gifts-Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. I Peter 4:10

Who is the Lord asking you to serve today?

Prepare my hands to serve you Lord with my all of my heart. Be my focus, help me to humbly serve others, show me how to use the gifts that you have given me. 

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