Good morning! If you are a human, chances are you have been through some late nights and early mornings. You have lacked motivation to do the things life requires of you. Most likely, you have had days where you harbored a bad attitude and done things halfheartedly because of your exhaustion and stress level. However, the Bible doesn’t really leave us any leeway for a bad attitude.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” The “eat or drink” part is referring to the context that Paul wrote this, as an answer of whether it was okay to eat food offered to idols. The “whatever you do” part makes it a word for all of us in everything we do. We need to get our attitude in check and do whatever we are doing for the glory of God! There is no qualifier saying “unless you were up all night with a hungry baby” or “unless your stress from work is overwhelming.”
There are a couple more verses I want to share along these same lines. Colossians 3:23 says “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” In context, this is written to servants. Though, since we are all called to serve, it applies to us too. Men are hard to please. With humans’ ever changing desires and innate self-centered mindset, serving people can be frustrating and discouraging. But, if we are doing our work as unto the Lord, it drastically lightens that burden. We know that he sees us and cares, and appreciates our efforts. God also rewards us for our good deeds (Colo. 3:24, Romans 2:6), which aids in motivating us and keeping up our morale.
In 1 Corinthians 16:14 the Bible says, “Let all that you do be done with love.” ALL that you do. To get more perspective, let’s take the “all” and “everything” out of these verses, and substitute in specific tasks. Doing everything with love sounds easy until you have to practice it in certain situations!
Wash your dishes with love. Not necessarily love for the task, but love for the One who provided the dishes and food for you, and love for those who dirtied them.
Drive in traffic with love, and for the glory of God.
Mow the grass like you’re doing it for the Lord.
Speak to other people (your spouse, kids, boss, parents, etc) with love, as to the Lord.
Post on social media for the glory of God.
Make breakfast as unto the Lord, and for His glory.
Behaving this way is kind of a big undertaking. We are used to reacting to our situations and tasks in our flesh. Our attitude varies based on our emotions, health, and what our minds have been focused on. How can we act the way that God want’s us to and the Bible tells us to?
The first thing we need to do is pray. When we humble ourselves and give God our cares, and ask for His help in managing our fleshly emotions, He will help us change our attitude. Reading our Bible is essential as well. As we renew out mind in God’s word, we become more like Jesus. Jesus did everything in love and for the Glory of God! Next, we need to make self care a higher priority than we typically do. Nobody can pour from an empty cup. Do something that helps you relax. You can take a nap, go for a run, bake something, take a bath, or whatever else releases stress for you. Finally, we need to give ourselves grace. We are not going to do everything perfectly all the time. Striving to be like Jesus and do our best is our calling, but we are still human.
So, how are you feeling today? What is on your agenda for today? Whatever it is, remember to do it with love and for the glory of God!