The Work Of Your Hands
“Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
When you think of hand-made, what comes to your mind? Would it possibly be a lovely hand-made quilt or freshly baked bread?
When I was a child and would return home from a long day at school as I opened the door and the aroma of a freshly baked hand-made pie filled the air. Ah-h-h-h, the aroma of baked goodies just out of the oven, there is nothing like it. By the way, my favorite pie was, and still is, chocolate cream! YUM!
In the Amish areas of the United States, there are many choices of freshly hand-made sweets, breads, jams, and jellies of every liking, and also a wide variety of local cheese and meats from which to choose.
The Amish family recipes are sought after and served in the restaurants. A traditional and popular meal is crispy broasted chicken, served with creamy mashed potatoes with gravy. Are you hungry yet?
In an issue of the magazine Ohio's Amish Country an article states that since times have changed, many of the Amish men realize that farming is not as productive as it used to be. Therefore, to provide the needed income for their families, some of them have “turned to woodworking as a way of making a living”. Amish handcrafted solid wood furniture has become “a booming business” and the furniture is well known around the world.
In the Book of Genesis (Genesis 1:27) God created people “in His own image”, and He designed (hand-made) them “after Himself”. He also instills within each person a special gift(s). For example, your gift may be baking chocolate cream pies! Or someone else's gift may be woodworking; making jams and jellies; or designing hand-made quilts. Such gifts are a blessing from Him, and they may be used as a way to express love to others. Solomon states in the Book of Ecclesiastes 9:10: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Paul states in the Book of Ephesians to use our hands for “honest work”.
God desires for His people to always glorify Him. They have many methods to do that, and working with their hands is a way. You ought to keep a happy face, especially while you are making the hand-made chocolate cream pies, of course, if that is your gift. If you want to make a vanilla cream pie that will be OK too!
Why not share with someone your special God-given gift? Your good deed will encourage them, and you will receive a spiritual lift. It will bring a smile to their face, and God will be honored.
Lord God, thank You for giving all of us special gifts. Constantly remind us that we were made in Your image, and our purpose is to glorify You. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington