Worship; to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor or devotion
Devotion; a feeling of strong love or loyalty, the use of time, money, energy, etc., for a particular purpose.
Worship encompasses every part of me. Just like the definition of Devotion reads; the use of my time, money, energy, etc. Obviously this includes worshiping at church and volunteering my time and tithing. All those things are important in the way I worship Jesus. But it is so much more than just those things. How I treat my husband. How I react to my kids. How I respond to the cashier or barista. How I interact with my neighbors. How I spend my time. What I spend my money on. What I say yes to and what I say no to. To me, all this is part of worship. I’m confident in saying that worship means the same thing to my husband, Brian.
It may sound or even begin to feel overwhelming. How do we even begin to direct our energy and attitudes and behavior as an act of worship? Especially on hard days or in difficult seasons of life? Brian and I will say again and again, we are not perfect examples of anything. Our lives are messy and that is ok. We learn from our mistakes. We are humbled by forgiveness and we are changed by grace. But, we are also intentional about how we live and how we represent the Kingdom of God in this world.
When our family pays attention to our schedule — When we tend to our rhythm of rest and work and play, worshiping the Lord in all we do is more natural. It is simply the way we live.
This past week was Thanksgiving. We spent time resting, reading, dating (Brian and I) and playing together. We traveled to NC to be with family. We put work aside, except for some school time here and there. We played card games. We watched movies and slept in. We went shopping (without kids). We went out with my in-laws for a nice dinner (got a sitter for the kids!) We baked cookies and decorated gingerbread houses. We went to see Christmas Lights. We chose to say no to a few invitations as well. It wasn’t because we did not want to do those things, but we needed to protect some of our time and health that week. We stayed in our normal rhythm and shared highs and lows at the dinner table and we read our devotions over breakfast. We said our family prayer every night before bed. We kept the predictable patterns that Brian talked about in a recent post which you can read, here.
Being intentional with our schedule and rhythm created peace and joy instead of exhaustion and chaos. We felt rested. When we are rested, joyful and peaceful, our attitudes and energy represent who we are in Christ. That is how we choose to live as a Family on Mission.
No, it is not always easy and more times than we would like to admit, we stumble and fall. We neglect our own health and say yes to things we shouldn’t. Life throws us curveballs and this world carries brokenness and pain. Our quiet times with Jesus falls to the background and stress, exhaustion and chaos become more frequent.
We established our Family Values to help keep our eyes on Jesus. They help draw us back into His presence, seeking His grace and strength. One of those values is Faith. We make an intentional effort to live into that faith through prayer, worship and reading Scripture. No matter what our days bring, we stand on faith.
It does not matter where you have been or even where you are right now. God is with you and there is no better time than now! Now is the time to worship. Now is the time to live intentionally. Now is the time to allow God to break into your World with the promises of his Kingdom. God is love. God is faithful and worshiping God will strengthen and renew your faith.
[tweetthis]When we tend to our rhythm of rest and work and play, worshiping the Lord in all we do is more natural.[/tweetthis]