My mother and my sister have such beautiful hands. They have always taken such good care of them, and kept them well manicured. I love the way my sister’s fingernails look when they are polished. My hands, however, are a mess! I was a nail biter until nearly my high school years, biting my nails right down into the quick. I ruined my nails from that treatment. My hands are rough and scarred from not taking good enough care of them.
Feet are a different matter! I remember that as a child, I thought I had the prettiest feet with such cute toes! A friend of mine, (who also thought she had beautiful feet,) and I would pretend we were foot models. We’d stand in our flip-flops with one foot turned to the side like a model, (or so we thought!) and act like we were modeling our beautiful feet! Mercy!!
In reality, it doesn’t matter what our hands or feet look like. I have seen thousands of hands over my life, in all conditions and colors. Some are rough and ugly, some are well cared for and soft. Feet are the same – as long as they get you where you need to be, they don’t need to be gorgeous – foot model not needed!
For me, the most important thing about hands and feet is that they do what they were meant to do, and that is to serve others. Hands were made to touch, caress, lift, rub, smooth. They were made for cooking, cleaning and any other kind of service. Feet were made for walking, running, going, standing – whatever the need calls for.
My mother’s beautiful hands have done so much! When she gave her life to Christ, she also gave Him her hands and feet for service. She used them whenever, however and for whatever was needed in order to get the message of Christ out to those in need. Whether it was a meal, office work, sewing, teaching, visiting the sick, training or mentoring, her hands and feet were fully committed.
The world is full of people in need and our hands and feet were made to help. If you are only getting your nails done to look pretty, and if your feet are only good for modeling, you are definitely not getting the best of what they were created to do! So, the next time you pull out that bottle of polish, or put lotion on your feet, or find that pair of sandals that make your feet look good, ask yourself, “What can my hands/feet do to help someone today?” In the meantime, enjoy what God has given you and make the best use of them!
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 12 Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.
10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.
7 How beautiful…
are the feet of those who bring good news..