My Hand In His

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV)

My late mother-in-law always reminded me, "If you do a sewing job in haste, you'll have to pick it out with your nose." Her saying has proven true on more than one occasion, and for more things than just sewing.

Recently, I had a thought in my mind, and I rushed to the computer to get it jotted down as quickly as possible. My fingers flew over the keyboard, as I poured out sentence after sentence. After a few minutes I stopped to read what I'd written, but what I saw didn't make any sense: "Qjwm upi fp rjepifj". I stared in dismay. The whole page was filled with gibberish, for, in my haste, I hadn't stopped long enough to put my hands in the correct position on the keyboard.

Sometimes, like my writing, our lives aren't saying what we want them to say. We want people to know that we are Christian, but, if they are reading us by the things we do in haste, such as our quick bouts of temper, or outbursts from our unruly tongue, they may not see God in us. If we find this is happening, it is time for us to check our hand position. Is our hand still in the centre of God's hand? Others may be trying to discover who God is by what they see in us. Keeping our hand in God's is the only position that will print out a readable message of our faith to those looking at our lives.

Prayer: Dear God, today may we always be aware that others are reading about our faith in You by looking at how we live our lives. Keep our lives centred on You so that we will be a true testimony of Your love. Amen.

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