There's a song (from the vocal stylings of Jeremy Camp) that really speaks to my soul. The lyrics, "I will give you all my worship! I will give you all my praise! You alone I long to worship. You alone are worthy of my praise!" are constantly running through my mind.
Over the last months, God has really been showing me what worship and praise is. It's not just verbal God-is-good stuff, it's a way of life. Of course, I learned this several years ago, but I needed reminding, as we often do in the ways of the Lord.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
I love this verse. It puts everything into perspective! Whatever we do, from washing the dishes and changing stinky diapers to working out our marriages and homeschooling our children, we are to do it unto the Lord. If we do it with a heart of praise and thankfulness for the blessings he has given us, it is a sweet offering to Jesus.
It makes it easier to do things that we don't want to do when we look at it as tending to the things the Lord has given us. This verse also reminds me that there are some things that do not bring praise to the Lord, and those things should avoided.
When you wake up in the morning, praise the Lord.
As you take a shower, thank the Lord for warm running water!
As you prepare meals, be reminded that God has provided food for your family.
As you disciple your children, wipe their noses, comb their hair, and spend time with them, GLORIFY the God who created them and blessed you with the duty of training them up!
As you see your husband off to work and welcome him home, praise God for providing a job for your husband (and for a husband who is willing to work to provide for the family).
As you clean the house, thank the Lord for giving you a home to clean.
You are blessed. God doesn't give us everything we want, but I can see he has clearly blessed us all with more than we need.
He is truly amazing and wonderful, gracious and kind! What are some things that you do or come across throughout your day that remind you have AWESOME he is?