How Can an Ordinary Woman Glorify God?
This is God’s sacred mission: to fill the earth with His glory. Glorifying God is my passion and purpose, but I realize those words may sound trite or surreal. Let me explain what I mean by that, and how God works this out in an ordinary woman’s life...
Before I Open My Eyes in the Morning
For me, filling the earth with His glory starts before I even open my eyes in the morning. It begins by acknowledging my need for Him to fuel and flood me with His Spirit. I surrender my day to Him, asking Him to direct my every moment. I pour truth into my heart and mind as I prepare to enter the day’s activities. I have to. I need His truth to direct me and hold me accountable through the day. I hold an on-going conversation with Him because I love communicating with Him, but also to protect my heart and mind from wandering too far off-track.
My days look very different now than they did when I had little ones. (In those years, I counted it a huge accomplishment if I was able to get dressed by noon!) Every season comes with different challenges and responsibilities, but the mission remains the same.
A Typical Day
Now, my typical day can include driving my mom to the grocery store, spending time counseling a friend, catching up on email, and grabbing time to write a blog post. I’ll often take a pot of chicken-and-dumplings to a friend who’s recovering from surgery or has just delivered a newborn. I might have time to curl up on the couch to read a new book by Piper (or an old one by Tozer) before cooking dinner. Or perhaps it’s a day when our church is holding a service in a local prison, and we’ll be grabbing something to eat on the run.
It Often Includes . . .
My days often include asking forgiveness, confessing that I’ve blown it again, and starting over. I don’t have big plans or too many stressful deadlines (I've been there–and I'm thankful this is a slower season!) but I still have the same mission. Wherever I go, whoever I talk to, whatever I do–if I let the peace of Christ rule my heart and the love of Christ flow through me, others will see a reflection of Him. And that’s filling the earth with His glory.
Whether I’m visiting with a total stranger on the mall parking lot, or holding the hand of a loved one who’s taking their final breath, I want to speak His truth and demonstrate His grace. I seek to share the joy of abiding in His presence through my smiles, laughter, hugs, and service. I ask that my life will be yielded to His plan for my day, and that others will see He is worthy of all devotion.
That’s my mission: Glorifying Him. Will you join me? How will you glorify Him today?
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