I watch the small seabirds run in the waves at the water’s edge, stopping to dig their beaks in the sand for small bits of food. How ideally suited they are for their life style! The beaks are just the right length to pierce the sand’s surface, sharp enough to retrieve small clams or crabs; their legs are the ideal size for standing against the waves’ impact. God has outfitted them perfectly for the life they lead. In a similar fashion, God has outfitted me for the life he wants me to lead. I have a mouth designed to speak words of praise to God and encouragement to others, hands meant to help when there is a need, feet intended to propel me into service, and ears meant to hear the cries of those in need. Forgive me, Lord, when I fail to use my gifts as you ordained, and please help me always to see my body as an opportunity to serve you. Amen.