January 17, 2010
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17
Most people like to think they have a purpose in life.
But some folks have to search very hard to fill their days and make the time pass. Not so long ago I was told of a man who retired in Detroit. That man spends most of his day playing solitaire. He plays it with a passion.
In ten years he has managed to play 132,400 games and he has recorded the results of each one. He can show visitors six ledger books filled with the figures.
Now, this Daily Devotion is not being written to take a stand for or against cards or the value in playing solitaire. We all need our hobbies, and most of us need some moments to be alone. On the other hand, I hate to see someone waste a perfectly good retirement recording the results of thousands of games of solitaire.
Now many people may be nodding their heads in agreement with my previous thought. They can feel pretty good that they don't do that. After all, they dislike cards. Well, how about TV? Do you spend countless hours in front of the tube? No? Well, I can't go through the entire list of how people can waste time, but most of us do.
So, the question before you is this: how can the Lord use you? There are so many lonely and hurting people. There are so many needs that remain unmet.
Perhaps it is time to ask the Lord what He wants you to do. He has put you here for a purpose, you know. Yes, we are here to worship Him for saving us through His Son, but we are also here to love and help each other.
We may not change the world when we do these things, but it sure beats playing 132,400 games of solitaire.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Jesus, may the things we do with our time, our hands, and our thoughts ultimately glorify You. Thank You for those friends and helpers You put into our lives. Together may our actions glorify You. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries