“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be save.” — 1 Corinthians 10:31-33
So last night I was reading the book “Kisses from Katie” by Katie Davis. The book overwhelmed me with how much she glorifies God in everything and does anything God wants her to do. I was so convicted that I left my family and went on my bed to write a letter to God. I asked a lot of questions and looked in the Bible for answers. One of the main questions I asked was “How can I glorify God in my everyday life as a teenage girl?”
These are the answers I found and their Bible reference:
Five ways I can glorify God in my life:
Put others first.
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” — Romans 12:9-13
Work hard at what I do.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them; though it was not I but the grace of God that is with me.” —1 Corinthians 15:10
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong-doing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” — 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Conduct my time wisely.
“Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” — Colossians 4:5-6
Talk kindly lifting others up.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:11
After finding these five points I realized I will probably never go to a foreign country and adopt 13 girls like Katie Davis, but I can glorify God in my “boring everyday life” by following what He has to say in His word. Ways I can do this is working hard at my college work. I am hopefully going to graduate end of September, but my courses are self paced, so if I don’t work hard I won’t finish on time. Loving my sisters is another way; not telling them that I think their clothes don’t look good when they haven’t ask for my opinion. I am a very blunt person making it is easy for me to do this, but my sisters are more sensitive so it is better that I love them by keeping my opinions to myself. Finally, I can put others first by spending time with my family when I would rather be reading or just being by myself.
A picture that sums up how I am feeling is: I want to be like a candle that shines with God’s light. You notice a candle when it is not on fire, but when it is lit you notice the flame. The brighter the flame, the less you notice the candle, until you finally can’t see the candle anymore and you can only see the light. I want to be the candle you can’t see because Jesus’s light is shining soooooooo brightly.