Thursday, August 24, 2017
Responding for His Glory
Today could have not gotten off to a rockier start. Well, in the grand scheme of things, it certainly could have. But in my little bubble of a world . . .
You ever have one of those days where each thing you try to accomplish ends up having many roadblocks? And what should have taken 15 minutes to complete takes much, much longer? I am having one of those days. And it isn't even noon yet.
I grumbled. I complained. I -- ahem -- revved my engine impatiently once.
I have come to realize that much of living a "good" Christian life is about how we respond to the problems that come as a result of living in a fallen world. It is in our thoughts, deeds and words that God is glorified - assuming we are responding in a God honoring way.
This is not so easy for me. I tend to be reactionary and rather emotional. So I respond emotionally right away and then later realize that I could have done so much better. My acknowledgement, you may argue, is half the battle. I would respond that it's the easy part, by far!
Certainly life's struggles and challenges, trials and tribulations strengthen our faith if we allow it. But I don't think that we should be the only one's to benefit from them. After all God should be the one to benefit, even more than we should. And we do that by responding in a way that glorifies Him.
Giving Him glory may mean different things to different people. To me, it DOESN'T mean putting on a plastic face and pretending that nothing is wrong. It means that even though we are struggling, grieving, or angry, we acknowledge that He is Sovereign. We give Him praise for who He is and what He has done for us. We keep in mind our standing in relation to the Creator of the World. We keep the selfishness and self pity to a negligible level.
Easier said than done, but then we have a lifetime to master it.
All this to say, this is what I am learning today. And tomorrow. And probably until He calls me home. I can't think of a better, more challenging way to live my life.