Yesterday, I invited you to join God’s sacred mission: filling the earth with His glory. Glorifying God should be our daily passion. I realize those words may sound trite or surreal. Let me explain what I mean by that, and how God works this out in an ordinary woman’s life.
Before I Open My Eyes In the Morning
For me, filling the earth with His glory starts before I even open my eyes in the morning. It begins by acknowledging my need for Him to fuel and flood me with His Spirit. I surrender my day to Him, asking Him to direct my every moment. I pour truth into my heart and mind as I prepare to enter the day’s activities.
I have to.
I need His truth to direct me and hold me accountable through the day. I hold an on-going conversation with Him because I love communicating with Him, but also to protect my heart and mind from wandering too far off-track.
My days look very different now than they did when I had little ones. (In those years, I counted it a huge accomplishment if I was able to get dressed by noon!) Every season comes with different challenges and responsibilities, but the mission remains the same. A woman’s mission is to glorify God in the ordinary course of her day. Giving God glory is all about living passionately for Him in the ordinary moments.
A Typical Day
My typical day can include playing “peek-a-boo” with my granddaughter, spending time counseling a friend, catching up on email, and grabbing time to write a blog post. I’ll often take a pot of chicken-and-dumplings to a friend who’s recovering from surgery or has just delivered a newborn. I might have time to curl up on the couch to read a new book by Piper or Keller (or an old one by Tozer) before cooking dinner. Or perhaps it’s a day when our church is holding a service in a local prison, and we’ll be grabbing something to eat on the run.
It Often Includes . . .
My days often include asking forgiveness, confessing I’ve blown it again, and starting over. I don’t have big plans or too many stressful deadlines (been there–and thankful this is a slower season!) but I still have the same mission. Wherever I go, whoever I talk to, whatever I do–if I let the peace of Christ rule my heart and the love of Christ flow through me, others will see a reflection of Him.
And that’s filling the earth with God’s glory.
Whether visiting with a total stranger on the mall parking lot, or holding the hand of a loved one who is taking their final breath, I want to speak His truth and demonstrate His grace. I seek to share the joy of abiding in His presence through smiles, laughter, hugs, and service. By yielding to His plan for my day, I hope others will see Him and realize that He is worthy of all devotion.
That’s my mission: glorifying Him.
John Piper put it beautifully when he said:
“The ultimate goal of life is that God be displayed as glorious . . . the way we glorify Him is by knowing Him truly, by treasuring Him above all things, and by living in a way that shows He is our supreme treasure.”
Will you join me?
How will you glorify Him today?
Adapted from my True Woman post:11.01.11 http://www.truewoman.com
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