|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Be Thankful”
Our Bible verse for today: “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Thank God for meaning and purpose in your life”
Author Eugene Peterson tells a story about his father that he has titled, “The priest in the butcher shop.” His father owned a butcher shop in their small town. He was also a leader in their local church, a deacon. The butcher shop was not only the place where most people in town came to purchase their meat, but it was also a place where a lot of church business was conducted, as well as a place of fellowship where brothers and sisters in Christ hung around and enjoyed each other’s company. Peterson says his father was essentially a priest in a butcher shop. His place of business was also his place of ministry.
That’s the kind of thing Paul was referring to when He wrote in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” He expressed the same idea in 1 Corinthians 10:31 where he wrote, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”
At every stage of life, in every season of life, whether fully employed, retired, or something in-between, whether at work, at play, at leisure, socializing, doing volunteer work, or whatever it is you happen to be doing, your meaning and purpose in life is to bring glory to God through your words and deeds and to bless other people – and you can do that everywhere, all the time, regardless of what particular activity you’re engaged in.
This is an important understanding and not everybody gets it. Many people just shuffle through their days either unhappy with what they’re doing, or not clear on what difference it makes. Any activity is sacred and meaningful and important if it’s done for the glory of God and for the purpose of blessing others. That’s the meaning and purpose of the Christian life.
I encourage you to spend some time this morning thinking about how all of your varied activities today can be used to glorify God, nurture and enhance your relationship with Him, and bless others as well. Then thank Him for giving you such a clear and meaningful purpose in life.
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