Sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way (Colossians 3:17 - The Message).
This weekend's post is bought to you courtesy of the Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire. Read to the end and you may surmise what I mean...
It's been a cleaning kind of a Saturday. Friday evening we took The Niece over to South Tampa, where we schooled her in the fine arts of gourmet burger-ing. Our destination was Square One Burgers, and we were not disappointed. We were seated outside in the perfect evening air and all enjoyed amazing selections. I paired my burger (I believe it was "Toga Party") with some sweet-potato fries and a bottle of Rogue Dead Guy.
The problem, however, was that my car was the only available transportation, and I had to quickly pile the trash on the driver's side back seat floor in order for Faith to get in! The pile was so huge it spilled over onto the seat.
The good news is that I was embarrassed. This led to this "Cleaning kind of Saturday". I've taken care of the inside of my car, the kitchen (which I tend to stay on top of) is almost done, and my study is next on the list.
Which brings us back to the Shaker Village in New Hampshire. The place was immaculate. But that's how the Shakers lived. They lived as if every act was/is an act of worship. Consequently, the built-in cabinet in the attic will have the same quality of finish... on the back... as the sideboard in the dining room.
Live, love, work, play, read, clean... as if everything I do is an act of worship. And it is! Because there is not a moment of any day, not a breath I take, not an idea that I consider, that is not accomplished in the presence of the Creator.
Rather than a burden, this knowledge is actually fairly freeing. I don't have to compartmentalize my life, this part being for God, this part being none of God's business, this part a kind of neutral territory. No, it's all an opportunity to live in the context of great love and great redemption.
Gotta go, this room is an absolute disaster!
"Sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way" (Colossians 3:17 - The Message).