Sometimes the birds I encounter on my beach walk hop on one leg, as if they’re wounded. At first I was concerned for the birds I saw hopping this way, and followed them closely until they lowered the remaining leg and ran or flew normally. I wonder why they move so awkwardly on one leg when God gave them two; certainly they’re less graceful and clumsier trying to balance on one leg. Then I think of myself. Why do I choose to ignore the gifts God has given me, the opportunities He’s made available to serve Him, the forgiveness He’s given and asked me to extend to others? Why do I use half my Christian gifts when I’m told I must be a faithful steward and invest wisely all that God has given me? Lord, help me to stand firmly on both legs, doing your work and serving you faithfully. Amen.