For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Father, thank you for making me just as you have made me. I’m not sure that I have given much thanks to you for creating me just as you have. I’ve so wanted to do and be more that I haven’t taken time to thankfully consider how you have made me. I will give thanks to you now.
You’re right about not thankfully considering the work of my hands. Work of your hands? That’s right, you are the work of my hands, so go ahead and tell me how you think I have done. What are you most thankful for?
You have given me a hunger for fellowship with you. I didn’t realize it at first, but without you I had this emptiness inside. My life was going nowhere. I was far from you. But you would not let me go. You drew me back and rescued me from a life without you. So, I’m thankful that you created me with an emptiness that only you can fill. You both feed this hunger for you and leave me wanting even more. It delights me to hear you say this. There is more. Go ahead, I’m listening.
You have given me this burning desire to serve you. For so long I have been engaged in worldly pursuits that ultimately won’t amount to much in light of eternity. Over time, dissatisfaction with these pursuits has grown in me. Now you have set me on fire with desire to do what you have prepared me to do for your kingdom and glory. I don’t always know what these assignments are but I’m watching and waiting and walking with you. I’m thankful that you have given me this desire to serve you. Very good. I have prepared many good works for you to do. You can be sure that I will help you to accomplish them.
Your help reminds me what I am most thankful for. What’s that? I am so thankful that I can trust you. For so long I have trusted in myself and in my own efforts. How did that work out? Not well at all. I know. What gives you the greatest confidence that you can trust me? You made me. I am your child. You are my Father. So, I am most thankful that, as your child, I can trust you completely. My life is in your hands. You love me and I love you. I will live my life holding on to your hand. Yes, and I will be holding onto you. My grip will never let you go.
Father, thank you that I am the work of your hands. As my Father you have lovingly designed me to live as your child. It is my delight to live in fellowship with you as I do the good works that you have prepared me to do for you. Amen
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