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Glorifying the Lord in the Everyday // Episode 143

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a lovely weekend!! This week's video is a meaningful explanation of something in my faith life that I've been working on lately, so I thought I would share it.

For context, on Friday I found out that my school will be going virtual for the next two weeks, which I know has been common for many schools around the world, but it's never happened for this long at my school. With me being a day student at a boarding school, having virtual classes is a little bit different than at a normal school and it can be easy to feel isolated from the school community if you're at home and don't have good communication. I only have three weeks of school left before graduation, so things were really ramping up for everyone in the school as far as classes and signature program performances go. This shutdown immediately cancelled/postponed a lot of important things for everyone at school: activities, sports, rehearsals, horse shows (lol), AP exams, among many others. It's very easy in these situations - as we've learned a lot throughout the past year - to get mad at the world and frustrated at people who make these decisions. Upon hearing of the shutdown, I immediately felt that this was God teaching me something about expectations and opportunities, even though I was of course very disappointed. This next week would have been one of the most important of the year for me because I'm supposed to have (might still have? I'm not even sure haha) my first AP exam ever and my last two track meets of the season, as well as multiple photoshoots with friends on campus.

This shutdown is leaving a lot of events and plans still unknown, but I feel that God is definitely teaching me about appreciating every little joy he's placing in my life right now!

Something I've been trying to focus on for the past few months is seeking to glorify the Lord through everything I do. Of course I fail all the time, and there's no real way to completely achieve that, but I've come to realize that (at least from my perspective in my life right now) why are we here if not to glorify the One who put us here? Plans we make can be cancelled. People can fail us. Hearts can be broken. But if God is going to work all things for our good, why not praise Him in the waiting? If nothing we do or achieve will ever eternally satisfy us, why not seek the only One who does?

So if we can come to realize that seeking to glorify God is an ever-worthy pursuit, how can we do that? It's a really hard question, and one that I've been struggling with for a while. I love the idea of glorifying God in the really big ways, like huge athletic accomplishments or crazy life achievements and goals. Sadly, those aren't always possible. Not all of us have the opportunity to give our Olympic gold medal glory to God in front of cheering stadiums. We can't all go on late night talk shows and talk about our love for the Lord. We can't all credit our Vogue covers to God and take the praises. So if we don't have those opportunities - or we're waiting for God to give us those opportunities - the best way to glorify the Lord is in the little things! Just giving those little everyday activities you do to God can be so powerful. Or literally just acknowledging small things we have everyday to be thankful that we always overlook, and thanking God for always providing them is so good. As Proverbs 11:25 says:

"A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed."

So therefore, if we refresh others and give God the glory for it - who's to say that God won't do crazy things in our lives! That's what I'm believing for right now. If my opportunities seem to have been taken away, I'll find new ones. Maybe they'll seem less exciting, but God has a funny way of surprising us with adventures in the everyday. Let's find out!! 🙏

Be sure to check out the video for more explanation, and enjoy!!

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