Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. -Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
In the day to day of life, the things we do can seem so boring…unexciting…even pointless. You might ask what the point is of your job, or the commute, or waiting in line at the store. How is this gloriously serving the Lord?
The Lord works through us not just in the acts we perform on His behalf, but also to continue weaving the incomprehensibly complex tapestry of our lives, where we are the threads. And where each of our lives and actions intersect and weave are events that He designs for the ultimate good of His children (Romans 8:28).
In the smallest things we do, when we are walking out in public, or opening a door for someone, or on the phone, or driving, or in our daily grind, every little thing we do is to His glory and for His plans.
You never know when you smile and greet strangers, how that little lift might be just what God needed them to see to spur them on to actions to glorify Him in a chain reaction. You never know how that extra little bit of effort you took to help someone could make their day. You never know how letting that one crazy driver go by you may prevent them from getting more stressed, avoiding getting themselves and others hurt.
Do it all for the Lord, to please Him and make Him smile. It’s not about you, or me. It’s all about Him. And when we get that perspective shift, a peace overcomes us, because we relinquish our lives for His glory. It’s immensely freeing. Freedom in surrender is so, so sweet.
Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Do Everything” exhorts us to do every little thing to put a smile on His face, and tell the story of grace.