First Ice Cream of the Season and Other Random Thoughts

Last week, on our first 70-degree day of 2008, we took the family to get ice creams.  This will be the first of many such after-dinner excursions.   I don’t know why C is wearing her winter coat.  It was a gorgeous night.

Of course, today the temperatures are back into the 50s.  Gotta love April.

Church this morning gave me a lot of food for thought.  I often wonder what I’m doing with the blog.  Is it a waste of time that I should be spending on more holy pursuits, or is it an opportunity for me to put my gifts to use by bringing women together and bringing new products to moms?  Is it simply a place to socialize and ramble, or does it serve a greater purpose?  Do I share too much, or should I share more?  Am I really being myself?  I evaluate these questions often.

In Sunday School, we discussed the doctrine of Soli Deo Gloria! (for the glory of God alone).  Or in other words, all of life is to be lived to the glory of God. 

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the
glory of God; Blessing and
glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to
our God forever and ever. For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (1CO 10:31;REV 7:12; ROM 11:36)

I think this means NOT that we have to ALWAYS be talking of spiritual things or doing works of service (although we certainly should be doing those things), but that no matter what we are doing and saying, it should be with integrity and pure motive, and with a heart to please God, whether we’re shopping at Target, cleaning toilets, playing with our children, or leading a Bible study.  (Or yacking on the blog!)

Our pastor made the point that there is no division between sacred and secular, and that all life is to be lived under the lordship of Christ.  So whether we work in Christian ministry or in a corporate office building or in the home, no one’s work is more valuable than another’s, and it all can be done for the glory of God. 

There are two extremes that we tend to fall into.  When we fail to give God glory in what we say and do, then we elevate the secular above the spiritual, and we lose sight of our primary purpose for living.  (As the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, "What is the chief end of
man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.")  But on the other hand, when we seclude ourselves and abandon the secular, we elevate the spiritual, which leads to legalism and pride.

As I reflect on my life, I think I have fallen into both extremes at one time or another.  At this point in my life, I fear I tend to lean toward the secular extreme.  It’s easy to get caught up in the cares of the world.  Which makes me think of the blog and what I write about and how to keep the proper balance.  Sometimes I feel guilty that I don’t conclude every post with a deep spiritual thought.  On the other hand, I realize that even when I’m writing about what I’m wearing and what cute new thing my
kids are doing, not even that stuff is outside of God’s glory.

Of course, that means that I have to constantly be evaluating my motives and where my heart is when I write, just as I should be evaluating my motives and my heart when I’m parenting my children and speaking to my husband, and yes, leading a Bible study, or even cleaning the toilet.  Which I try to do as infrequently as possible. Certainly not everything I write is going to be deep and spiritual (and I don’t think it has to be) but ultimately it should be for God’s glory, not my own.  I guess I’m still trying to figure out how that looks, practically speaking.

On that note, I’m off to enjoy the rest of the Lord’s day — and that will NOT include cleaning a toilet.  Hopefully it will include a nap.  After all, I can even nap to the glory of God!