My Sacred Life

Originally published Friday, 06 November 2015.

"Sometimes we worship Him through a hymn and sometimes it's through a talent He gave us that we put on display in amazing ways - like acting." (Hugh Jackman)

All of life is sacred. In every moment of every day we have the opportunity to give honour and glory to God. God does not compartmentalise our lives into sacred and secular. This gift of life that He has given us - each day that He gives us is sacred and an opportunity to worship Him.

And sometimes that is a day spent in worship and communion with other believers - seeking His face as part of a community, having others' faith add strength to yours. Adding our voice to others and giving Him glory and worship through music and song. Kneeling together with one heart to pray. Precious.

And sometimes our sacred day is a day spent tending to little ones. Encouraging them in their dreams and battles. Feeding them, looking after them, doing chores and dishes and errands. Or the day is spent in an office providing solutions and doing a job well. For some worship is by how they can resolve complex legal situations or manage large building projects. For some it is inspiring a generation of students. Others like Hugh Jackman their worship plays out in their creative talents and abilities.

My days jump from looking after little ones, to solving the logistical problems at work, to serving at church. My days are spent doing washing and dishes, and school runs and and sourcing containers.

If the only part of my life that is sacred is when I'm at church then not much of my life is sacred...But if my home life, my work life - in other words, my whole life is sacred - I can give glory and honour and worship to God all day and everyday through it.

Martin Luther King Jr. said “If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music . . . Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”

"So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering." (Romans 12:1 MSG)