For the past 6 months, I have been making it an intentional practice to start every day with prayer and meditation. In the past, it was hit or miss depending on how much time I had before I left the house. Now I wake earlier and intentionally do this. Waking earlier has given me more time so I’ve added morning stretching/yoga with music. As I stretched this morning, a song called “Use Me” by Rickie Byars came on. The lyrics are a beautiful prayer of petition for God to use us in His service.
As I listened to this song, I thought about how we often view being in God’s service. Most often, we see a formal ministry such as preaching, teaching, singing in the choir or even serving as an usher in our Church, Mosque of Synagogue as service to God. While these are forms of service, to me the greater call is in the service of day to day life.
Imagine what the world would be like if we allowed our lives to be used by God 24/7, 365 days of the year! What if we allowed the light of God to shine in our relationships especially during conflict? Imagine what our businesses would be like if we brought God’s light into all our business practices or even better the political arena. Now, I don’t mean saying “praise the Lord” at every turn or bursting out in prayer in the middle of the board meeting when an argument starts but allowing God’s Spirit to control our thoughts, actions and our speech. I suspect that our lives would better. We would probably see fewer divorces, less murder or other conflicts and definitely less war. We might actually see God’s Kingdom dwell among us on earth. Isn’t that what Jesus taught so long ago?
I will be the first to say that this isn’t the easy path! I have personally failed at this on many occasions. What I’ve found is that it takes practice, prayer and the presence of God to be successful. However, as I have increased my practice, prayer and mindfulness of God’s continuous presence, I have found that it gets easier every day. My success rate is increasing! I find myself happier, more at peace and having better relationships with the people around me. I correct my behavior and apologize when I’ve fallen short of my goal. I’m not sure that everybody is used to this, but I do it in hopes that one day it will make a difference.
Living life in this service to me is truly what it means to worship and praise God. Really, what would please God more than shining His light in every circumstance, situation and moment. I encourage you today to let your life be a form of worship to God and your actions be your praise. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “…be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for your labor is not in vain”. In this way, together we will fulfill the teachings of Christ by allowing God’s kingdom to be alive on the earth. I let it be so and so it is!
Blessings to you on this day!