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Who or what do I give my “worship” to? Who do I serve? Live for? Devote my life to?
These are questions I honestly, should be asking myself every day, because for me, it is a daily decision!
I jotted down a few inspirations from the Bible, who worshiped God with their everyday lives. They really inspire me to serve Christ more with my life, and I hope that they inspire you as well!
•When Noah and his family walked from the ark onto dry land, they worshiped God who had preserved them through the storm.
•David the king, even as a child, spent time worshiping God in music, song and dance.
•Hannah worshiped God with song for fulfilling his promise of a child to her. She also gave her son in service to God.
•Even though Ruth and Naomi experienced many hardships, they still believed and worshiped God.
•Job was a faithful man to God, and even in his greatest distress, he fell down and worshiped God by blessing Him saying, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord”.
•Even though Daniel was in a strange country, he faithfully worshiped God. He continued to worship God, even when prohibited by the king. (And I think that I would be safe to assume that he worshiped God when in the den of lions.)
Daniel, after being miraculously safely taken out, his life of worship had an impact on the entire kingdom so much, that it caused the king to decree that only the one and only true God be worshiped!
•Mary worshiped the Lord by showing her love to Him, in pouring the perfume on His feet.
•The Disciples followed the Jesus and worshiped Him for being their Lord.
•Though Paul lived a life hating Jesus, God turned His heart. God spoke to Paul and showed him His power. Paul turned from his hate to a great love and life full of service and worship for Christ. He even penned, through the Holy Spirit, “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 service of worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2
Many other people over the centuries have worshiped God. Do I worship Him with my life?
So often I find myself not. But when my day starts out for me, I still have the chance to change and live it for God. It’s never too late, and it is always freeing when I choose to serve and worship God instead of myself!
Overcoming my hurt feelings.
Have anyone ever said something or done something that hurt you? The truth is, I am sure we all have been hurt many times and also have hurt others many times. Below, are a few thoughts to help you in overcoming hurt. I hope these thoughts also probe your thinking as they have mine, to love and to be humble.
1. If I am feeling hurt, now is a good time to look at the my own life and call to mind where I have made mistakes, and when I have hurt someone. I should not have a pity party, but look at myself with a humble perspective.
2. One way I attempt to overcome, is by trying to look past who and what hurt me. Sometimes, I honestly can and do look past and (in my heart) forgive the hurt. But when this certain thing keeps annoying me it’s time to do something. Because, harboring hurt feeling in my heart and mind will never heal me, maybe it’s time for me to talk with the person about it (as long as I can keep a humble attitude).
Remember: If you hold onto hurt, it will soon become bitterness, and bitterness digs it’s roots deep. Instead, forgive the hurt, be humble and accept forgiveness where you may have been wrong.
3. Let’s talk more about “looking past your hurt feelings”, as I mentioned earlier.
If we can forgive and put those words said or that thing that was done to us behind, this is a very gracious act. “Love covers a multitude of sins.” It might be time we let love cover, and not hold it against them.
4. Remember, often (not always) hurts are not intentional. Think about it. Aren’t there plenty of times that you hurt someone and had no clue the thing you said or did was going to have the effect that it did? So, let’s assume the best of others, that is what love does.
5. Speaking of love, 1 Corinthians 13 says it best:
“Love is never tired of waiting;
Love is kind;
Love has no envy;
Love has no high opinion of itself,
Love has no pride;
Love’s ways are ever fair,
It takes no thought for itself;
It is not quickly made angry,
It takes no account of evil;
It takes no pleasure in wrongdoing,
But has joy in what is true;
Love has the power of undergoing all things,
Having faith in all things,
Hoping all things
Love has no end.”
That is all for today. I hope these thoughts help you on each of your journeys to help you overcome. Relationships are important, never give up and never be too proud to forgive and accept forgiveness!
Any more thoughts? I would love to talk in the comments below!