Make It All Worship
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
I’m gonna keep this simple.
All of us – every single one of us – feel stuck a few or several times in our life.
Stuck is simply your spirit’s way of telling you …
… it’s time to grow.
This old way isn’t working anymore. God wants to take you higher.
When we’re thirsty, our mind is telling us to take a sip of water.
When we’re hungry, our mind tells us to start preparing something to eat.
And if you ignore those little warnings long enough, we can do great damage our bodies. In the extreme, we can die.
Feeling stuck is a similar signal. It’s time to grow and we’ll have to get out of the boat and do something about it.
And if we ignore that signal long enough, I believe it can do great damage to our soul.
We were made to grow, and we were made to bloom even in the most horrendous of circumstances. We were created to persevere, adapt and become against all odds.
Just look at nature. It does it all the time.
So, when you ignore that primal urging inside of you – there will be suffering.
Without progress, it’s difficult to find happiness. Our time on earth is intended to be a journey, not a boring pit stop.
There’s a consensus within psychological literature that people who are progressing, working towards something meaningful, trying something new, feel a greater sense of happiness and contentment over-all.
Notice – it’s not people who succeed. Sure, you’ll feel happiness if you get some wins, but it’s fleeting. Anyone who’s had a big success will tell you this. True contentedness, a deeper joy, reveals itself as we grow deeper in our relationship with God and embark on a faith filled life with Him.
So how do we progress?
It starts with a vision.
Progress towards better health starts with envisioning a healthier, fitter, perhaps a more glowing you.
Progress towards healthier relationships may start with writing more handwritten notes, or lunch dates, or more intentional romance in your marriage.
Progress towards healing old wounds may require making appointments to counselors or doctors.
Progress towards more adventures may include saving for a vacation or taking lessons in dancing.
And once you have your visions in place, put up a brick to build something beautiful.
And I know I make that sound easy. Lord knows it’s not.
In order to realize any vision, you’ll have to do things you don’t want to do.
One of the fruits of the spirit is self-control. God expects us – with his help – to be disciplined and to choose to do what’s right for ourselves and for those around us.
And to do that, we have to be willing to lay our bricks.
Even when we don’t feel like it.
God doesn’t want us to rely on feelings. He wants us to rely on Him.
What if doing something good for ourselves and our family isn’t compelling enough for us to take action?
Well then, what if, we did it for God?
Putting my cart back at the grocery store. Pulling weeds out of my garden. Bringing integrity to all of my responsibilities, going for long walks. Keeping my home clean. Making sure I tend to important friendships by scheduling lunch dates. Making a bundt cake for someone going through a difficult time. Waking up early and doing my writing, every single day.
That to me, is worship. And I hope it delights Him. I believe it does.
Make your action, make your laying of bricks towards your vision of an ideal life – worship. Make it your offering. Make it gratitude.
God, you gave me this wonderfully made body that walks and moves, that sees and laughs – and it’s getting unhealthy and creaky. But I’m going to take care of it now the way I’m supposed to. Thank you.
God, you gave me gifts and talents, and I’m not going to let them lay dormant, I’m going to use them every day for you.
God, you gave me this beautiful home – I’m going to take care of it. I’m going to respect my home and treat it well.
When we take care of the small things, God opens the door to bigger, greater things.
Let me give you hint- most people don’t have their stuff together. But the people who are trying, the ones progressing, even one little inch at a time, are experiencing a happiness and joy that God had intended for us all along.
It’s time. It’s time to get it together. You can do it – you were made to do it.
In the words of Dr. Seuss, Today is your day.