|Sunset over the Rocky Mountains on January 4th (courtesy of Izzy B)|
Today I received a devotional that I'd like to share with all of you. It reminded me of a situation that I had last Thursday. I was almost at the end of my rope and while making dinner I stopped up the garbage disposal. Who knew that putting potato peels in it would make mashed potatoes in the drain? I'm sure many of you know that but not me. I have made it my personal duty to share this with the world! Anyway I became so frustrated that I just began to pray and talk to the Lord. My husband kind of snickered at me. I mean who prays about a stopped up sink? I guess on that day I didn't find anything too small to ask the Lord. I knew that we couldn't afford to call a plumber so somehow or another this drain would have to flow freely. So, I'd plunge awhile then I'd pray awhile. Finally after about 3 hours, mind you I took breaks now and again, the drain ran free! I took a few minutes to Praise the Lord and then called my entire family to tell them about how it was fixed. It's the little things that make me happy!
From Immanuel Baptist Church, 1/15/2012 AM sermon by Doug Hayes (excerpt and paraphrased)
1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Doug Hayes has a lot of kids and was talking about how several times during the last few weeks he's had to unstop the toilet, but strangely no kid has ever been responsible for stopping it up. He was rather frustrated when he came home to work on his sermon for Sunday (he was filling in for our regular pastor) and found the commode stopped up again. The LORD gave him 1 Corinthians 10:31-33 for his sermon, and after he had prepared his notes and went to unstop the commode, he felt the conviction from verse 31. He said it may seem strange to be singing a song of praise as you plunge the commode, but it's hard to stay irritated when you are praising the LORD.
We are called as Christians to give every activity to the LORD. You can have joy if the LORD is in everything you do. Turn it all over to Him. The world doesn't need to see Christians acting like the lost. They need to see love and joy, to see what they want to have in their own life. The world bases happiness on status, abilities, possessions--their own significance. Christians should base their happiness on Christ…the true joy that never changes. Christians should have their significance in Him--true significance.
Find joy in the journey of living out our Christian life -- every task, every single task!
…to use a line from Finding Nemo, with a slight variation: Keep on singing, singing, singing.