As I sat at the piano in the lounge at the Long Term Care Facility with my mother in her wheelchair beside me, I was temporarily distracted from playing hymns and singing along by another resident going from person to person as I sang. With one, she held her hands up to the person’s face and sang out the words. With another, she took their hands in hers and clapped along, and with the third, she took his hands and danced around him in her wheelchair.

She saw beyond herself and the wheelchair she was in, and realized that she could still encourage others and make them smile. She had not lost sight of the fact that indeed, God had a good work for her to do, even though she too was a resident there in Long Term Care, away from her family and isolated for over a year because of the pandemic. But she was still on a mission! She was being “Jesus with skin on” to those residents in the lounge that morning.

I was so encouraged! How often do I feel that due to physical limitations or other circumstances, God can’t use me anymore? I read this verse and think, Yes, but not me, Lord. You prepare those works for everyone else, but you can’t really use me. I’m too old, too broken, too limited, too discouraged.

Have I lost sight of the fact that he has prepared good works for me to do? If that’s the case, then I had better find out what they are! Here she was, a reminder that God is never finished using us and working in and through us.

Do you daily look to see what God has in store for you to do? Regardless of your situation, he has prepared good works for you, his creation. As someone once said, look to see where God is working and join him there.

Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you that I am your handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which you have prepared for me to do. You are not limited; you can work in and through me for your good purposes. Show me what it is that you want me to do today. Amen.

Throughout this Day: Take a minute to read through Ephesians 2:8-10. Thank him for how he has created you — uniquely hand-crafted by the Master Creator himself. Then ask him to show you today what it is that he has already prepared for you to do.

Song of Reflection: "The Potter's Hand" by Hillsong Worship When relevant, we’ll include a song that can help you reflect further on today’s subject. If you have song recommendations that are relevant to today’s passage or devotional, feel free to send them to us!

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