[CF Devotionals] 2012-07-13 - Not Another Day

Some days it is a struggle to juggle personal quiet time, a career in the technology industry, a student ministry at my local church, a devotional ministry, and being a husband to a wonderful wife and being a father to two very rambunctious boys. Some days I don't have the energy to do any of those things let alone all of them. Some days I don't think I'm doing any good in any of them. On those days, I don't think I am "winning" at all in life. Today is one of those days. I have had too many nights with too little sleep and just feel like a lump on a log. I sit wondering whether God is pleased with anything I do. I wonder if it makes a difference. Does my work matter? Do I matter?

And today a short portion of a verse came to mind saying, "Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31b - NIV) As I searched for that verse another passage came up as well.

Colossians 3:15-17,23-24 (NIV)

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

My work matters because the purpose of that work matters. I shouldn't let the tiredness and busy-ness of life rule in your life; you shouldn't let it rule your life either. Instead let the peace of Christ rule. I ought to be grateful for all the things that God has put into my life to keep me busy too.

God, thank you for the blessings in my life. Thank you for a wife and two sons. Thanks for the job. Thank you for the ministry opportunities that you have given me to serve you. Rule in me with your peace. Fill my heart with your peace today. And may everything I do - every action, every spoken word, and every thought - be done in your name. May all my work serve you and glorify you. Let everything I do be for you today. Amen!

A contemporary Christian singer that has been around for many years recently released a song called "Do Everything". It helps me remember the truths of that verse in a catchy way. I thought I'd share the lyrics from the chorus with you to close.

Do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

Every little thing I do reflects God's glory. That's an energizing thought!

Go and do all of your little things ...


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All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted.