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Father, What Can I Do For You Today?
                               
by Bernadette Love

Sometimes it’s just good to say thank you, Lord.  Regardless of what is going on in your life, if you woke up this
morning, clothed in your right mind, like the old folks used to say, you have something to be thankful for.  If you
were able to dress yourself and get yourself together all by yourself, you have plenty to be thankful for.  If you went
to the kitchen and was able to fix yourself a bowl of cereal and a hot cup of coffee, you should be thankful.  The
reason…somewhere, somebody didn’t wake up this morning.  Or maybe they woke up and somebody else had
to roll them out of bed to use the bathroom.  Or maybe they had to be spoon fed their cereal.  And, no matter how
smart man has become, nobody has been able to invent a way to administer a good cup of  coffee intravenously.  
In a word,
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  1Thessalonians
5:18.

It is real easy to get caught up in the cares of everyday living.  The bills keep coming and the money doesn’t go far
enough, the cars break down, the roofs leak, the children won’t behave, the spouses don’t act right, and the list
goes on.  But, in all of this, there is still so much to thank God for.  And I just bet that if we took the time to be more
grateful, the stuff that we have to deal with won’t seem quite so bad.  Maybe if we took the time to think about the
woes of others, our woes might seem a little less threatening.  Just maybe, if God knew that He could count on
us to be His hands and feet and arms and heart, our stuff just might go away.  
Therefore I say unto you, Take no
thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.  Is
not the life more than meat, and body than raiment?  Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do
they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.   Are ye not much better than they
?  
Matther 6: 25-26      

Try this in the morning, when you get on your knees, before you start your day.  Ask God this question, “Father,
what can I do for YOU today?”   Instead of hitting Him with your grocery list of needs and petitions, try asking Him
for His.  He may have someone who just needs a smile of encouragement because they feel that no one cares,
can God send them to you?  He may have someone who has forgotten about God’s love and provision, can you
remind them that God is a way maker?  He may have someone who needs more than a prayer, they may need a
hot meal, can you feed them?   He may have someone who has given up and thinks that suicide is the only
answer, can you point them to the Way, the Truth and the Life?  

We were put on this earth to be the hands, the feet, the arms and the mouth of the Lord.  He needs to be able to
use us to bless His children.  We may be the only chance that someone has to see God.  When the world looks
at us, what do they see?  Do they see a vessel that God can pour His love through or do they see folks who are so
caught up in their own stuff that they are no earthly good to the Father?    We have to care about what is happening
to those around us.  Can you take the little that you have and be a blessing to someone who has even less than
you?  Trust me, when God knows that He can bless others THROUGH you, He will pour His blessings TO you.  
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall
receive the reward of the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23, 24  

Father, help us to remember what our purpose in life is.  Help us to not get so caught up in our own stuff that
we forget to care about the stuff of others.  Teach us how to surrender all that we have to be used by you,
trusting you to know what is best for us.  And, as we surrender our all, give us the peace to follow you.  Thank
you, Father for your love and your tender mercies that are new every morning.  Amen.