My Journey (A LifeWay Publication – click the word Journey for more information) reading for today generated some thoughts.
These are the excerpts I have been pondering:
“God wants you to be creative as you worship. He loves it when you illustrate what’s going on in your heart.”
So that’s it. Worship ‘styles’ are outward manifestations of what is happening within. Some folks are quiet. Some are not so quiet. I get it.
“What’s something that only you can do for the Lord? Make it for Him–not for anyone else. Draw. Paint. Sculpt. Take a hike and capture God’s intricate design on film. Write a song. Write a letter or a story. Knit a scarf.
Whatever is precious to you, give it to Him. If you’re a cook, make a meal in God’s honor–creatively using the flavors and textures that He made. And don’t worry if it isn’t perfect–just do your best and it will bring Him great, great joy.”
So worship is not just singing and raising your hands at church. Worship is also everyday stuff done for JESUS. And with my next thought, I knew I was approaching a new height in weird, even for me!
I kid you not, I thought about food! I thought about food choices, food portions, food enjoyment — acts of worship — hmm. Would that revolutionize food battles? What if eating was an act of worship for me? Would I eat the same things and in the same amounts if before I lifted my fork to my lips I said in my heart, LORD, I am eating this for You. I’m not eating this for my own pleasure but I am eating it to nurture and nourish this body WE live in?
Would it make a difference? In my spiritual maturity and my health?
Like I said a new kind of weird, even for me!
And then that line that says: “And don’t worry if it isn’t perfect–just do your best and it will bring Him great, great joy.” Well! all I saw was don’t worry if it’s not perfect! Are you kidding me?! Any worship offering of mine I’m gonna mother over it — no obsess is a more accurate assessment of what I do. And this I know, because of a very recent experience, it takes humility to do a less than ‘perfect’ job and not get upset about it. Just so you’ll know–there’s a leak in my humility tank.
But — 1 John 1:(New American Standard Bible)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
via I john 1:9 – Passage Lookup – New American Standard Bible – BibleGateway.com.
Thank You, ABBA, for forgiveness and righteousness and for perfection-maturity that keeps growing, sometimes steadily, other times slower but in You, we progress. You are so good to us. Again we commend our IDOK Troops and many others to you for healing and helps; safety and protection. Amen and amen in JESUS’ NAME.
And that’s about it.