This was the very first thing, the first scripture, that I read this year. I plan on hanging it all over the house.
“Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” (Romans 12:1a The Message)
And here is a more traditional translation…
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1 ESV)
This is what I want to keep moving towards. I’ve made a habit of stuffing my calendar days full of To Do’s so that I can draw two dark lines through each item as I move past it. But for 2014, I want more and more of my To Do’s to be about God’s work, not about my busyness. I want my days to have white spaces and empty afternoons to welcome surprise visitors. I want to not hesitate to accept a spontaneous invitation for lunch or coffee from a friend who needs someone to nod as they pour their heart out. Mostly, more and more and more, I want what I do and what I say and how I react… to reflect the Grace I receive daily. I want to extend warmth and kindness and compassion and encouragement like it’s my job.
Because I absolutely believe that it is.