Friday, August 11, 2017
The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22
“God gives life to the dead and calls into being things that do not exist” Romans 4:17
If Anything Matters, Everything Matters
This simple statement from the book, The Shack, has stuck with me. I probably can’t explain it (how does matter that I just squished a flea?) but I think there’s a great truth in it.
William Collier writes that many of us struggle to feel that our work—the ways we spend the majority of our time and the way we pay our bills—has lasting spiritual value. However, this is remarkable, given how often Scripture insists that everything we do matters to God.
Poet and novelist Wendell Berry offers a good word here:
“If we think of ourselves as living souls, immortal creatures, living in the midst of a Creation that is mostly mysterious, and if we see that everything we make or do cannot help but have an everlasting significance for ourselves, for others, and for the world, then we can see why some religious teachers have understood works as a form of prayer.”
“Works as a form of prayer”. What a thought. What if I think of what I do today as prayer to God, seeing each action and thought as a form of prayer with the potential of God’s using them as fuel for his good and redemptive actions in the world. If that is the case then there is nothing too small or insignificant in any of my days to be used by God. If He chooses (and I suspect that he does this kind of thing) God can even turn a random hopeful thought into a life changing action somewhere on planet earth (see Ro. 4:17).
“Lord, help me to “see that everything we make or do cannot help but have an everlasting significance for ourselves, for others, and for the world”. Help me to see, to know, that my thoughts, words, and actions have eternal and lasting significance. Amen”