For the Fame of God's Name; Day 1

Monday, November 23, 2015

I despise mundanity. The schedules I attempt to keep make me feel shackled and paralyzed. Im sure that I have issues with control and procrastination that simmer into one big heap of laziness but thats not my problem with mundanity. 

When I am sitting and folding my 3rd load of laundry I grumble under my breath that surely God has much more planned for me than this. When Im fixing yet another bowl of oatmeal for my family of 5, I imagine the mornings that consist of sleeping in and mouths that can feed themselves

Surely I could be doing more for the Kingdom? Surely I was created for much more excitement than this?

But here in lies my sin. Too often, I begin each day thinking only of myself. I struggle to serve those around me because I don't think they need me or just refuse to out of fear. I struggle with victimizing myself, putting blame on my spouse, my family, my friends, the Church, for not being enough

But guess what? They aren’t enough. They aren’t supposed to be enough. Because if they were, we wouldn’t need a Savior.

Do you hear the lie? Do you see the separation there could be, between God and me? 

When I replace the name of He with the name of me, my day begins its collapse.

Indeed, we were created for more than this. We were created to bring glory to the Creator, the God who created man out of dust and could use the earth as a foot stool. The God who can physically live within us, while around us, and within someone else. The God who doesn't need us, but wants us.

Throughout the book of Isaiah, God is trying to get through to His people. He sees their suffering and their sin. God gives Isaiah is given a special task. He wants Isaiah to remind His people who He is, Long ago my people CHOSE to live in EgyptWhy are my people enslaved again?My name is blasphemed all day long. But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that I am the one who speaks to them, (Isaiah 52:4-6).

This says something about us, sweet friend. God knows our humanity. But God wants us to know, that He is consistently revealing himself to us, His people, so that we will remember His name; so that we will bring glory and honor to Him. 

We know the secret that Isaiah was trying to reveal to the Israelites.

Emmanuel-God lives among us-Jesus.

He has already come, and He has made us holy. Because of Christ, we are now capable of presenting ourselves, wholly and blameless, to God the Father.

Even so, our flesh is weak. Our hearts are tired. Our days can be fulfilling and draining all at the same time. (Enter the precious Holy Spirit) In chapter 15 of Pauls letter to the church in Corinth, he reminds them then and us now that we are no longer slaves to sin (like when Satan whispers that we will in fact never be useful for the Kingdom, no matter what we do each day). Paul says, So be strong and immovable! Always working enthusiastically for the Lord for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless, (I Corinthians 15:58).

But how can we married, single, widowed, divorced, daughters of the Creator, bring glory to His name?

By fixing oatmeal each early morning for hungry little mouths.
By forgiving your mother or father who wasn't ever really a parent.
By praying for your ex-husband, period.
By going to that church, because someone needs to hear how God has blessed you in your struggles.
By trusting Him, even if you yearn for a family of your own.

I know you, I am like you. I sin, I struggle. But we share in the same promise:

That through our lives, by loving Him in the hard and the mundane, God’s name is glorified.

So, my precious friend, be comforted. Be at peace. No matter what stage of life you are in; single, a wife, a single mom, a stay at home mom, a grandmother; God has created you because He wanted you. In your weakness, in your exhaustion, in the mundane, in the breathtaking, even in your death, your love for our Heavenly Father brings Him the glory He wants.

Ill leave you with this precious reminder of who you are; God decided in advance to adopt you into his own family by bringing you into himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do and it gave him great pleasure," (Ephesians 1:5).

Precious daughter of the Creator of all things good, be at peace, you are dearly loved.

{photo: @thisverygarden}

About the Author

A homegrown Austinite, Elena is a twenty-nine year old homemaker who stays at home with her two strapping young boys, a fabulous little girl and has the honor of spending most of her time with her ruggedly handsome hubby, Chris. Elena is obsessed with trees; Every.Single.One. and finds every opportunity to bring them into her home. She believes anything can be paired with either peanut butter or ranch. She enjoys decorating for every kind of holiday and loves the seasons because at each change she is reminded of Gods promise to one day wholly reconcile himself to us. She finds peace in writing down words whether in a song and feels alive when she can perform them. Most importantly, Elena hopes that in sharing her thoughts, Gods name will be glorified and someone else will see how freely Gods grace has been offered to each one of us.


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