As I read from 2Corinthians this morning, a few verses really stood out. Out of those, I am quoting this one:
For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. (2Cor. 4:15)
A phrase kept resonating in my heart: “all for the glory of God.”
Everything we do should reflect that phrase. Even the least of things. Even cleaning the house, doing the laundry, paying the bills, working in the garden, deciding what’s for dinner, making that dinner, or even choosing a curriculum.
When I begin seeing all of that- and everything else I do, say, and think of- in the light of giving glory to God, it becomes life-changing. At least for me. So I am starting now. Right here. In this blog.
Yesterday, I accomplished quite a few things around the house that is not typical of a given Sunday. I did the laundry, cleaned the tub and the rest of the main bathroom, cleaned the kitchen (though that is a daily chore anyway), dealt with multiple diaper-changes, etc. All that while dear husband was gone the whole day. And when he got home, we even took the girls to ice cream, and walked around the shops. End that with a meal I prepared that everyone enjoyed. It was overall a good day. But in between, I managed to mope on the inside about wanting to get so many things done but not having enough time in the day. I really like to be more organized. I mean, every single room, closet and drawer in the house organized- but I just haven’t kept up lately.
How shallow is that, when there are people out there just wondering where the next meal is coming from. I know. I came from a third world country. I’ve had my own sets of trials, too, but who cares? I mean hey, Jesus was so perfect yet He died on the cross for me (and YOU.) How could I mumble in my head about the mundane things?
I wonder if Jesus would rather see my closet organized, or have me not easily offended by what my loving husband says. I wonder if He’d rather have me make sure I have the most nutritious and wholesome meal on the table, or show more gentleness and patience to my children. Ponder.
Wow. I learned a lot this morning- mostly from my own folly. But I thank the Word of God, that it has the power to admonish, to encourage, to inspire, to correct, to discipline- through the Holy Spirit.
Desiring to give glory to God in all things, I will be my best in everything I do as I should, according to Colossians 3:17. But also, I am willing to let go of the little murmurings in my head that want me to do much and be more, knowing that my love walk is what’s going to count in the end.
It is only through God’s grace. How awesome that His mercy is new every morning.
Finally, let me share the working verse for this new blog:
Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Phil 4:8)