Whatever you do. All that you do. Everything we do.
Washing the dishes? Do it to the glory of God. Cleaning Nutella off your son and bed? Do it to the glory of God. Tackling the pile of laundry the size of Mt Everest? You got it! Do it to the glory of God.
But that’s not always my first response. My first response is usually do it grudgingly because it has to be done. Or do it in a huff because it’s encroaching on what I thought was going to be time I could be doing what I wanted to do.
And guess what?
They are watching.
Those little eyes are watching me. They are watching you. They are watching how we respond so that they know how to respond in the similar situations. When we get huffy, and easily frustrated, they will get huffy and easily frustrated. We can not live our lives one way, and expect our children to act a different way even though we tell them to. Do as I say not as I do. That doesn’t work. Look at Titus 1:16, “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.”
That is not how I want my life characterized. Detestable? Disobedient? That is not how I want anyone to see me. Let alone my children or my husband.
So what can we do?
Be mindful. Think about your responses before you respond. Bite your tongue if you have to.
If you do respond in a way that doesn’t glorify God, own up to it. Tell your children that you messed up and ask them to forgive you.
Go to bed early. This usually doesn’t happen at my house. But I know that I respond far better to tough moments when I am well rested
Spend quality time reading the Word of God. I love how Psalm 19:7-11 describes the Bible, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”
It’s hard finding time to spend in the Word. I get it. I know. I’m there. But it is crucial. Just as our bodies need food and water to live, our souls need the nourishment of His Word. His Word is more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey.
Our time in the Word should happen before we check the latest status update, email, picture, or tweet. It doesn’t have to be an hour long time of meditating on the Word and prayer. While that would be wonderful and refreshing to my soul, I’m not in that season right now. If nothing else, read a Proverb. There is one for every day in the month.
Did you read a Proverb and still have time? Add a Psalm or a short Book of Bible like 1 John.
When you read books to you children during the day, read them The Jesus Storybook Bible or Our Home is Like a LIttle Church, What is the Church, or other books that I mentioned here. Not only are you teaching your children Biblical truths, you are getting them too.
Take a break. Make sure the kids are safe, all the door are locked so they can’t escape, and take 5 minutes for yourself and regroup.
Stop whatever you are doing and take time to cuddle. We all need a good cuddle sometimes. And if the cuddle turns into a tickle fest, even better. Laughter is best medicine.
We were created to worship and glorify God. If we aren’t worshiping God, then we are worshipping something else. That’s just what we do.
Today, let us be intentional. Let us meditate on the Word of God today and glorify Him in all that we say and do.
We have several of the Seeds Family Worship CDs that we play in the car. It’s a great way for the whole family to hide God’s Word in their hearts. You can find the song that has been playing in my head on repeat here or here.
I’d love your feedback. What are some intentional ways you can glorify God with your thoughts and actions in the coming week?