“What Do You Do With What You’ve Got”

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…   Psalm 139:14

This is not Anatomy 101 but have you ever stopped to think about how fearfully and wonderfully we are made?

Do you think God is pleased with his creation?
Are you using your body to bring glory to God and witness in His name?
Are you living up to our Creator’s expectations?
Do you take time to say thanks to God?

Most seniors would have to admit that, like an old car or truck, our parts do not work as well as they used to. However, we know that there are still many opportunities for us to give thanks and ways in which we can witness for Him.

What are your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, face, hands, legs/feet and heart saying about you?

I beseech you, my brethren, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.   Romans 12:1
Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God.  I Corinthians 6:19

 Opportunities vs Temptations: The same eyes, ears, nose, mouth, face, hands, legs/feet and heart that can witness for God can be used negatively if we yield to temptations.                          What we do with our bodies is a positive or negative testimony of our relationship to God. The choice is ours!

EYES: Thank you God for eyes to see the beauty of your creation, to read the Bible and other books, and to recognize and respond to the needs of people around us.

Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.         Psalms 119:18
Blessed are your eyes; because they see and your ears, because they hear.  
    Matt 13:16

 EARS: Thank you God for ears to hear the sounds of nature and our world, the laughter of children, the joy of conversation, the sounds of danger, beautiful music, and your word being preached and taught.

Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.    Proverbs 2:2
…you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.  
    James 1:19

NOSE: Thank you God for a nose to sense danger, breathe clean air, and smell the aromas of good food and nice cologne.

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living person.     Genesis 2:7

MOUTH/VOICE: Thank you God for a mouth and voice to have conversation, ask questions, give directions, teach, counsel, comfort, eat, drink, sing praises to you and witness in your name.

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you….  Psalm 19:14
Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.   
Ephesians 4:29

FACE: Thank you God for giving us a face that sets us apart from anyone else and facial expressions that indicate joy, sorrow, compassion and love.

A glad heart makes a happy face….     Proverbs 15:13
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.     Proverbs 15:30

HANDS: Thank you God for hands to hold, catch, throw, help others, work, play musical instruments, and hands that fold themselves to pray.

I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. Psalm 63:4
…Use your hands for good hard work and then give generously to others in need. Ephesians 4:28

LEGS/FEET: Thank you God for legs and feet to walk, run, climb, roam, bicycle, travel, visit people in need, shop for food and clothing, and kneel to pray.

Seek his will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.      Proverbs 3:6
Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.  P
salm 89:15

HEART: Thank you God for the sound of a heartbeat – life itself – and for a heart filled with love for you and compassion and caring for people and your creation.

And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  Deuteronomy 6:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.       Proverbs 3:5

In conclusion, these words from Ephesians 4:16.   Paul is speaking about gifts for building up the church, the body of Christ. “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps all the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made?
Of course!

Christ is just like the human body – a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though they are many. 1 Corinthians 12:12

-Submitted by Jean Glosson

“What Do You Do With What You’ve Got”