Hello again from Dyrtle! Project is over half-way finished and it is so bittersweet. I miss home but I love the fellowship here and all of the worship that has come from it. As the week is winding down I figured I would write something else!
Each Sunday night we have a short message on stewardship training. Usually the titles fall along the lines of “God of my….(insert things we treasure here)”. These messages are fairly convicting as I have come to realize that many of the things I treasure, I don’t give up to God. I usually think that things like money, time, work, rest, body image, etc. are all mine, and so I use them according to my own goals and wishes. It has become apparent, however that this never satisfies me, and I wind up feeling empty and exhausted from all of my efforts to clutch onto these treasures, rather than giving them up to God. The recurring theme that comes wth these convictions is the idea that “all of life is worship”. This was a pretty strange concept to me. Surely working at Dunkin’ Donuts doesn’t help me glorify God, or managing my time or sleeping? BUT THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE! God can and should be glorified in our lives as we learn to show the Lord that our hearts are His. We were asked tough questions like “how often do you set aside time to be with God in prayer, and how does this time compare to the time you set apart for working out or chatting with friends? Both health and fellowship are important but do we prioritize them over the Lord? The answer for me sometimes is yes. The same applies when I think about my school/work and my rest. Am I allowing myself to rest in order to better glorify God in my studies or at my job. God made work and it is good, despite our sin telling us it is tormenting and endless. God also made rest and it is good as well, because how do we expect to work to the best of our abilities when we never rest? I have to ask myself what my priorities are and try to realign them towards Him in order to worship Him in it all.
Of course, this is much easier said than done sometimes. I have definitely found that seeking the Lord in council has helped me be a better steward of these things. When I wake up at 5:00 a.m. to get ready for donut time, my first thoughts are often not “I can’t wait to worship God through work today!!” but rather something along the lines of “why on EARTH do I have to get up and do this???” However, if I recognize this, the Lord helps me turn my gaze back towards him in prayer. He never fails to restore my joy and show His everlasting love for me. Throughout this summer He has really softened my heart and given me a passion to worship Him. The song “Ever Be” captures this really well. I find myself singing “Your praise will ever be on my lips” throughout the day. God has given us such beautiful opportunities to worship Him, and I hope that becoming a better steward of my treasures helps me to do that better.
Verses that have given me a lot of power this week and have been the bases for our stewardship training:
Proverbs16:9//1 Timothy 1:5//Ephesians 2:10//Genesis 2:15//Colossians 3:23-24//Mark 6:31//Ecclesiastes 3:11//Hebrews 11:32-38