What does a life of worship mean to you?
Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I think that a life of worship might be like this advice from the letter to the Thessalonians. However, I am not sure how one goes about it really. My daily life is full of little details that don’t seem God-centered: rejoice while sweeping the kitchen floor? Pray while doing the family bookkeeping or balancing the checkbook? Give thanks while talking to AT&T about a better deal for my phone bill? Of course, right now, while I am considering the idea, I can think of rejoicing that I am healthy enough to do my own housework. I can pray that the donation checks I am entering into the checkbook are making a difference for someone. I can give thanks that I can afford my phone bill. The point is that most of the time I don’t. Most of the time, my ordinary life is aside from my relationship with God.
It’s not that God isn’t present in everything and every moment, but that I am not being present.
I know it is a good idea to have a daily time of prayer, but I’m not very diligent at that discipline. So I participate in other kinds of disciplines: book studies, choir and band practice, meditation group, yoga class, walking the labyrinth, writing for the Lenten devotional. These things bring my focus around towards God regularly through the week, not just on Sunday mornings. My life is not always one of worship, but I remind myself often to be present.
Prayer: from Hymn 408 “The Gift of Love”
Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
Our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
By this we worship, and are freed.