WHAT-EVER! How often did I hear that phrase when I was working because it usually meant a project was not completed, or a team member was not satisfied with what I was wanting or the questions I was asking. No more!
Our first memory verse this week in the study Let.It.Go by Karen Ehman was Colossians 3:23. I’ve changed it to the KJV version:
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men (Colossians 3:23 (KJV)
I think I’ll never hear that word again and not reflect on that verse. WHATEVER I do I should work at it with all my heart as working for the Lord. I know that but do I do that? SOMETIMES!
In Chapter 1, we studied about the cat and dog theology. I have watched our dog as he greets my husband with so much enthusiasm like every single day. The truck pulls in the driveway, the dog starts his little noises and joyfully runs and grabs the nearest toy. I mimic the dog because I want to welcome my husband home. After all, I kiss him each morning as he leaves and tell him to drive careful and have a good day. Soooo I am using that dog-like welcome when he arrives home, and I open the door and kiss him as he is walking in, and go back to finishing dinner to give him a few moments to relax.
On Monday, after I had read this chapter in our group and watched the video, I walked out to the mailbox with the dog. As I took the mail out of the box, he ran across the road. We had a stack of mail and it was rubber-banded with a couple of magazines. I yelled at him and said “no” and he came back and I was about to spat him and he SNARLED at me. No – I didn’t spat him. I said “bad dog”, and put him in the back yard for the rest of the day. That evening I’m telling my husband about the cat-dog theory (he knew it already) and he responds that maybe the dog snarled because God had a message for me. OUCH!
WHAT-EVER!!!! So is God telling me I snarl at Him? I think I have at times when I didn’t get my way or my prayers were not answered. Do I run to Him each morning with the same excitement of my dog? SOMETIMES!
So Chapter 2 rolls around today. I read it weeks ago. I see what I had highlighted, and there it is Jesus “didn’t think will this glorify me? He pondered, Will this glorify God? If it wouldn’t, He didn’t do it?” Then I have underlined in my book “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing (John 8:54)” and next the definition of the word glorify.
GLORIFY means, “to make famous” or to “throw one’s weight around”. All of my actions, thoughts and being should glorify my God, and He should be made famous to those around me. OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! This makes me want to cry.
Am I glorifying God? SOMETIMES! Am I welcoming Him each morning and evening? SOMETIMES! Do I snarl at God? SOMETIMES! Do I listen and obey? SOMETIMES.
So what has God shown me in one short chapter. I need to greet Him ALWAYS with enthusiasm and affection and excitedly and anxiously run to Him EVERY day. I need to be obedient without a snarl. I need to GLORIFY Him in all I do so that those watching me will want to know Him! What a week to grow!
God has whispered to me this week about whose I am, who I serve and how I serve – how I serve Him, how I serve my family and friends and I don’t always do it to GLORIFY Him! But I am ready to “Let.It.Go” and that means when I am washing clothes, ironing, cooking, cleaning, teaching at school, leading a Bible study group, mowing, posting a message on Facebook, talking on the phone, texting, just being with friends and family or WHAT-EVER it is, that I should be making Him famous, and it means that ” Whatsoever
you (I) do, I need to work at it heartily, as working for the Lord, and not unto men.”. Colossians 3:23 (KJV)
WHAT-EVER friends is in your life today that you need to deal with so that you can GLORIFY Him? Is it food, exercise, technology, bad language, drinking, drugs, gossiping? Are you ready to Let.It.Go? I know I am!
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