Daily Devotional

God’s helping hand

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We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.

— Romans 12:6 (NIV)

A few years back I was shopping with my wife. All of a sudden, I got the urge to go to the frozen food section and look at ice cream. I didn’t really want any ice cream; I just had a strong desire to go look. When I turned the corner, I saw a small, elderly man standing in front of a freezer door. He seemed very happy to see me and asked, “Can you reach up there and get me that box, please?” I replied, “Sure.” I was about halfway back to where my wife was when I stopped dead in my tracks. I felt a strange, yet exhilarating feeling. That had to have been God using me to help somebody, I thought.

I had been struggling with guilt, feeling as if I didn’t have any worthwhile talents for serving the Lord. Then I remembered that the Bible says we all have different gifts for ministry. Maybe one of my gifts is my willingness to help out in small ways — serving meals, setting up tables, or grabbing something on a shelf too high for someone else to reach. I believe that God knew that man wanted something he couldn’t get himself and, knowing I was willing to help, sent me. We all have abilities with which to serve God; we just don’t always know it.

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