Glorify God in all You Do
What did the world look like when America was not yet a nation? I can’t think about colonial America without thinking about pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving.
One thing I learned this year about pilgrims is how they seemed much more aware of death than modern day Americans appear to be. According to my recent studies the average adult could expect to outlive half of their children. Death was a part of everyday life and it likely kept their minds heavenward. They were much more aware than we appear to be of our frailty as humans and our dependence on God. They were all too aware of the brevity of life and this may have led them to be more intentional with relationships including their relationship with God.
It is evident and almost daunting what our early predecessors suffered to forge the land we now call America. The diversity of settlers was made evident by the reasons they came from faraway places and the desire to have a country where they were free to worship and serve God as their conscience dictated. Were they without fault? No. Neither are we. But, I think it quite appropriate that in November 2016 we have two major events that color our landscape – The Presidential election and Thanksgiving.
Both carry equal weight in importance for our nation. One affects our leadership and the other affects our gratitude. Both can sway a nation. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Let us never forget the importance of being thankful. It helps us focus on what we already have and less on what we feel we don’t have.
Please be in prayer and do let us do our good duty for the Lord by taking time to vote and leave the results up to Him. I hope we are prayerful from now until then asking for God’s mercy, His grace and for His will to be done. Regardless of the outcome we must live with a spirit of thankfulness.
My prayer this holiday season is that we take time to sit around a table somewhere and share a meal with the ones we love, because tomorrow is not promised and life is like a vapor. It matters less what you eat or even if the food is very good. What matters is that we honor God with all we do. Whether that be with thankful hearts,building relationships or doing our civic duty by voting, we must do all for the glory of God.
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31. NKJV