While driving to work this morning, I had another go at prayer. As usual, I am aware that I don’t pray often enough. I admit this to God, but of course He knows. I push through the guilt and shame and keep going, because I trust Him, I take Him at His word that I am forgiven, that I can approach Him, my Heavenly Father, any time. I am also conscious that prayer ought to be more than just asking God for stuff. So I try to pray for the things that I want to want. Thing like, bringing glory to God with my life.
What does that mean, exactly??
That concept of glorifying God, it is woven throughout scripture. I think it means primarily to acknowledge God, and give Him credit for creation and salvation and all that. Does just saying words such as ‘praise God’ cover it? Personally, I am not convinced that the frequent use of such phrases is all there is to it. This morning, as I’m driving to work, where I’ve been spending most of my waking hours to meet a scary animation deadline, I asked myself whether my life offers any glory to God.
I profess belief in a God that loves me, that died for me, and that has the power to transform me. Does my life give any witness to that belief?
Before arriving at work, I thought I had some ideas about what I could be doing differently in order to live a life that does better at bringing glory to God. I resolved to commit this little tiny epiphany to a blog. I felt like it gave me something worthwhile to think about during the day. I was hopeful that a day of mulling it over would develop the thought and I would have this real zinger of a blog post.
And here I am, not exactly zinging, but at least I’m making a start. My tiny epiphany wasn’t anything new. It could be described by several different scripture passages – the beginning of Romans 12 comes to mind. 2 Thess. 1:11. Philippians 4:8. Paul writes many times that we are to encourage each other. Another way to put it would be, if I believe God is at work in my life, then I should speak, and act, accordingly. I am still prone to complain, to be dissatisfied and let it come out in my speech. I need to stop that.