Originally published Tuesday, 27 January 2015.
Walking past a department store counter it caught my eye. How could it not - a beautiful delicate blue chevron patterned bag. Eye catching and gorgeous. And that was before I picked it up and appreciated the practicalities of the design. You will be relieved, if not surprised to know, that I put it back down again, not needing another one. But there was definitely something about the bag and what it represented - a mini break perhaps, or a tropical holiday, time out, relaxation. It was, I quite decided, the aspirational bag.
There's a lot in life that can inspire or make us aspire to a better life. Bright pink running shoes that suggest running would be the best way to get fit. The beautifully bound journal that inspires you to find a quiet nook and write great works! The brightly coloured mug that begs to be filled with coffee and slowly enjoyed.
And then there is worship. Worship songs played at home or in the car or on the ipod (while running in pink shoes) that stir your spirit and move centre stage from background music to the your main focus. Worship that grabs hold of you and interrupts what you are doing to cause you to stop, pause and give glory to God.
The bag and the pink running shoes won't transform my life. Yes, they can be tools of motivation but they aren't transformational. They'll get dirty or lose the new fresh appeal and probably be relegated to the bottom of the wardrobe. Worship though is transformational. The more we worship and magnify God, the more we glorify Him, the more we are changed - transformed into His image.
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." (2 Corinthians 3:18)