Made for This

by Tina Yeager

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV

I love the aroma of simmering cranberry sauce. The heat morphs the berries from rigid to sumptuous while curing them with a melody of flavor. The bubbling sauce cuddles around walnuts and orange zest, lifting their fragrances to bless the senses of all who enter my kitchen.

On the other counter of my Thanksgiving Day kitchen, pumpkin puree and sliced apples await their turn at warmth-transformation. I tuck the cinnamon and ginger dusted fillings inside homemade crusts. I nestle the pies inside the oven for completion, just as whispers of hickory waft in from the smoker outside the back windows.

I adore the smells and spices of the season. Yet my favorite treats require effort and must undergo profound change. None fulfill their purpose on the table alone. Each dish offers a special form of nourishment and delight. The extensive preparation brings together a feast to inspire our grateful prayers.

I am often tempted to compare my offerings to those that others bring to the table. I wrinkle my nose at my work’s tart flavor and small portions. Sometimes my sisters appear to nourish more people and deliver their courses with less effort. I can forget how all our gifts come from the Holy Spirit. And our blessings to others depend wholly upon His power to bake profound changes from our raw ingredients.

Over years of gathering with servants who share, the Lord has taught me that he prepares each of us in unique ways for specific purposes. Our incomparable head chef invented our individual dishes to complement one another rather than compare. He designed our lives as celebratory gatherings so we can serve his words to our Christ-family. Our collective writing smells like an ongoing holiday, where we all nourish and uplift those who meet us.

Those of us who sweat over hickory-smoked ministries need not fret about our work. Those of us who knead the dough of outreach or stir cinnamon into sweet worship music must not compare our offerings to those of others. Instead, we can celebrate our ongoing holy-day and thank the chef who designed scrumptious blessings in advance for us to share.

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for God’s secret recipes in our fellowship of service. May the Holy Spirit continue to simmer my soul until I bring nourishing grace according to his festive plan.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Award-winning author, speaker, licensed counselor, and life coach, Tina Yeager encourages audiences to fulfill their potential. She offers writing workshops through Serious Writer Academy, hosts the Flourish-Meant podcast, and is a mentor with Word Weavers International.

Tina’s book, Beautiful Warrior, empowers you to break free from the insecurity that has you trapped. Pick up your shield―the Word of God, your identity in Christ, and healthy thought patterns―and become the divine heroine you were destined to be.

Join the conversation: What steps have you taken to live well?

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