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Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 12.

God's Design

“But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them,
just as He wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be?
As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”
1 Corinthians 12:18-20

When I was in high school my goal was to be a child psychologist. I loved children — adored them. But while I was working on my psych degree, I needed a part-time job. The only thing available with flexible hours was working in a nursing home. I disliked the idea and hated the smell of the facility even more, but I was desperate.

Much to my surprise, within two weeks I discovered that I love older people — adore them, even more than children! So I decided to be a geriatric social worker. The only thing I didn’t like was being around the elderly when they were dying. Morbid. Depressing. I ran like a wasp was chasing me when I learned that someone had taken a turn and hospice was called in.

Imagine my surprise when God led me to a career in hospice.

I never dreamed that I could be passionate about end-of-life care. In fact, some mornings I look in the mirror and ask myself, “Am I really happy doing this?” And the answer is a resounding yes! I can’t imagine doing anything else.

I have to laugh at our Creator’s sense of humor. In his omniscient power, He designs each of us — our strengths, desires, talents, passions — to fulfill a certain need in the body of Christ.

It’s funny how many of us are doing things we would never have imagined. We each have a divinely appointed purpose and each is equally important. Could our church function without an accountant? Nursery worker? Youth leader? How about the custodian? Musicians? Can you picture the chaos if they changed roles for a Sunday?

When we’re all serving in our God-appointed areas, we function as a healthy body — whole and complete.

Take one of us away and it’s like a foot has been amputated, a mouth muted, or a finger severed. The body isn’t cohesive. Yes, we can compensate for losses, but we aren’t as efficient. Thankfully, our Father equips us with His Word, the Holy Spirit, and a community of believers. So we don’t just function; we thrive in our individual talents as one body who shares His love and grace with others.

Susan Rush

Susan jokes that God didn't lead her to a career in hospice; He took her kicking and screaming the whole way. Twenty-five years later, she is passionate about end-of-life care. Susan enjoys speaking and writing about this final transition called death and sharing that when it appears to be the end, our loving Creator says, "It's only the beginning." Her inspirational hospice heroes fill the pages of her books, "Just Over the Horizon" and "Renew: 7 Days to a More Positive Outlook." Susan lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband and three children.

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