Scripture: from verse 10:
We are of God’s making, created…for a life of good actions already prepared by God for us to do.
Observation: I like the idea that God has picked out and planned good deeds for me to do. I was thinking earlier today about street evangelism, which I am terrible at. At least, I’m reasonably certain I would be, if I ever tried. It’s all well and good to say it’s just a matter of striking up a friendly conversation and bringing up God when it seems appropriate, but that’s because you’ve never seen me try to strike up a friendly conversation. I manage it occasionally, but usually by accident.
Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that I don’t have to spend a great deal of time and energy worrying about it. God has prepared things for me to do. I do my best to make myself open and available, and to act on opportunities as they come. I’m not required to do anything else.
Application: Relax. If I’m supposed to do X, God will prepare me and create the opportunity. If I’m not supposed to do X, God probably has someone else in mind for the role. Rushing around trying to force the issue just wastes energy that could be spent doing something more productive.
Prayer: Father, thank you for planning good deeds for me to do. Thank you for preparing me for them, for creating opportunities for me to learn and work and speak, for using me as I am and not as I think you wish I were. Help me to listen when you tell me what my next step is. Amen.