What’s your handle?

“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.” Hebrews 11:1,2a

I have handles everywhere in my home to lessen the possibility of falling. Gradually, I have found it harder to get out of the bathtub, my car, and especially off the floor. My lower back has been a problem for the past forty years, and I find it is more important each year to make life easier for myself—like with climbing into my new Kia Soul, which sits higher than my old sedan. I no longer need to grab the handle and pull myself up.

The type of handle written in Hebrews refers to having a grasp on what is invisible to us. We have other types of handles in our lives. When a trucker has a CB radio (Citizen’s band) for communications between other truckers, they often assign themselves a “handle”—a nickname for identity.

What would Jesus’ “handle” be? Peacemaker? Shepherd? Savior? Teacher? Son of God? Without modern communication tools, Jesus communicated by showing love to strangers, telling stories of hope, and healing those afflicted with illnesses of all kinds. He prepared his disciples to carry on his Earthly ministry without him. Peter’s handle might have been “Rocky” and John, “Beloved.”

What handle might I give myself for my ministry? Author?

Lord, help us to use “handles” to be more like Jesus. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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