Our voices, our service, and our abilities are to be employed, primarily, for the glory of God.”
Billy Graham knew this well. For over seventy years, he taught it and most importantly, he lived it. As Christians, we know this to be true. Scripture, tells us, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 23)
We know this but if we were to take spiritual inventory, could we honestly say that we live our lives honoring God in all that we do? We are human, after all, and we fall short. We do not doubt that we honor God in obvious ways; prayer, service to others, etc., but how about the things we may consider little that are not little at all in His eyes?
Our Daily Routine
There is a story about a woman who was troubled because she had no one to sit with her young child while she attended Sunday service. She confided this to her Pastor who told her, “The love you gave in tying one shoelace for your child is, in God’s eyes, equal to many Sunday services.” She was honoring God in the purest way; by caring for her child.
As we go about our day, performing activities which we consider mundane, do we stop to think that each activity done with gratitude and love honors God? If we were to begin all that we do with
a short prayer telling God that we are doing it with love and offering that love to honor Him, each routine activity, would become a prayer and we would be “Praying without ceasing.”
The Beauty in Honoring God in All
For example, we probably don’t love shoveling snow but the
the thought of honoring God as we do this can turn a cold “task” into appreciation for the beauty of the reflection of the sun on the white ground. There are things we enjoy doing. It is easy to thank and honor God for these but let us consider the jobs we dislike. Honoring God, as we do something we are not particularly fond of, can bring light to its darkness. Because these jobs are, in a way, sacrificial, does He not view our doing them to honor Him, greater than doing something we enjoy?
Every moment from our first word in Morning Prayer to our last word before going to sleep is an opportunity to Honor God. No matter how unimportant or routine an undertaking may seem to us, it is not small to God when we do it for Him and once we begin to see our days in this way, everything we do becomes more joyful. The tasks that we saw as boring become things we look forward to because, in them, we are honoring God.
“Our Lord does not so much look at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them.”
~Saint Therese of Lisieux~
Now that we have taken a little time to reflect upon our days and attitudes about our daily routine, do we see a difference? Do we realize that we have been blessed, throughout each day, with a million opportunities to honor God; opportunities for prayer that we have bypassed because we thought them too small for Our Lord? Perhaps you are a person who has been honoring God in all you do. If this is so, please go on to tell others how to do the same. If you have been missing these “little ways,” you are now aware that they exist and can begin seeing them differently. We all need to honor God all day in all we do. It changes things. I promise.
This was such a beautiful and well-articulated post written by Marilyn Nash for Holyart.com.
Loved it so much! Sweet friends, Focus on God and Honor Him in all your ways, His panoramic plans work in ways beyond our sight. Amen! God bless.
Blessings and Love. . . 😊 🙏 ❤