Updated: May 14
Most of us have been staying "Safe at Home" for over two months now. Some of us may have found this time to be a welcome rest. Some of us may have discovered this time to be a tremendous stressor.
ALL of us have had to face (or find distractions to avoid facing) the fact that we were created for a a purpose and may now be questioning just what that purpose is!
Teachers in brick-and-mortar schools have had to get the hang of distance learning.
"Non-essential" workers have had to figure out how to earn a living differently.
Parents who worked outside the home have had to think through how to work from home while simultaneously caring for their kids.
Blended families have had to maneuver different visitation schedules.
Children have had to make sense of how to focus on school work while at home.
Others have been diligently caring for their own or others' health and wellness.
Everyone's typical routine has been shaken up, leaving us to answer the question: What REALLY matters?
If every one of us was created by God, in His image, and for His glory, and Christ Followers know what REALLY matters is that we glorify God in all that we think, say, and do.... We still need to know HOW that looks, right? Here are three ideas:
The first thing is to happily, humbly, honestly, acknowledge who God is (News Flash: He is the all-knowing, all-powerful, sovereign Creator and Lover of our soul) and to praise and worship Him as such. Literally: "God, You are SO good! Even when life seems scary, we can still trust in You. Even when we don't understand, we know You are with us. Your word says you will never leave us or forsake us. Praise be to the one true God!"
"Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture." Psalm 100:2-3
The next thing that really matters is to give God glory in all things. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
In our fallen state, sin separates us from God and makes it impossible to glorify Him on our own. But through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, our relationship with God is reconciled—our sin is forgiven and no longer creates a barrier between God and us. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" Romans 3:23–24
If the concept of "giving God glory" still seems out of your reach, think about it this way: It's simply honoring God with your entire life!
Think of Him before you respond to others, so that you can do so kindly and respectfully (You know, how YOU would want to be treated?). And when you don't, recognize it, ask for forgiveness (you are forgiven!) and continue to think of Him before you respond to others!
Think of Him while you watch TV, scroll social media, or read books, asking if this honors God, gives him glory...or not.
Think of Him when you balance your budget, buy your groceries, shop for clothes, seeking to spend your money wisely, for your joy and God's glory!
Think of Him when you do your work. "Whatever you do, work at it with your whole heart as working for the Lord." Colossians 3:23
The final thing that really matters is to live our lives in relationship with Him and others. What you spend most of your time doing, shows what you value most. So what is it for you? Exercise? Reading? Watching TV? Playing with your kids? Scrolling Social Media? Cleaning? Silence and Solitude? We can only live in relationship with others when we invest time with them. If you never share time with your spouse, how great do you think you marriage could be? How about if you don't take time to be present with your kids?
We know that "Connection Creates Cooperation," so if you are not connecting with them, I guarantee there is not much cooperation happening in your home. How about your Savior? Do you have time with Him? Talking to Him.... Reading His Word.... Using the time He's given you to Be Still And Know who He is?
The more we get to know our Creator, the more we know how He loves us, the more we can love Him, and the better we can understand what our purpose is. And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment." Matthew 22:37–38
God has unique plans and purposes for each one of us and we can know that, whatever those plans look like, they will ultimately result in His glory.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:13-16
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