What Do You Have in Your Hand

bioEach week as we studied a new woman in the first church, I would see a picture of the woman described in Proverbs 31:10-31. It is said that the P31 woman is not a single person but describes the best of several women.

These women of Acts used wise words, wore purple linen and sold it. They took care of the poor and looked after their households. Just like the woman described in Proverbs.

With that thought in mind I looked back at the lessons learned from the women we wrote about. I searched for a profound leadership lesson or some thread of similarity that would showcase my excellent writing style. And God keeps bringing me back to the profoundly simple.

Do what you can with what you have where you are. When you love God and love his people, that is all he asks. Through the women we studied, I’ve learned to pick up the phone and call, text or email whoever God has brought to mind.

I’ve learned to offer a smile and kind word to a rude or distracted sales clerk or waitress. Because of these Acts women of the first church, I have been given the gift of friendship and common work. I’ve learned to look right into the hearts of people rather than get stuck on what the world sees.

During these weeks of study, God has revealed that when I use my words to encourage, He is glorified. Wherever I am, at home, work, visiting friends, or grocery shopping, if I listen for His voice he will show me how I can be used by Him.

And if, like Moses, God chooses to use the stick in my hand to do great works that impact millions, I want him to be able to trust that I have learned to handle it. And if his greatest role for me is to share his love and light with my family and friends, I want him to be able to trust that I have learned to handle it.

So Dorcas, Lydia, Priscilla, Eunice and Lois, Damaris, Rhoda, Phoebe, the unnamed prophets, the slave girl and even Drusilla, thanks. Like you, I have a charge to keep and a God to glorify. To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill. O may it all my powers engage to do my master’s will. Selah…

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Your Turn: Sometimes the profoundly simple is all that God needs.  Just like Moses had a stick, what do you have in your hand?  Will you give it to Him? ~ Andrea


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