Each morning, as I say goodbye to my youngest children, they receive a blessing on their foreheads with the words, "Bring God glory through your actions." It is a little phrase, sometimes shouted as they turn to run through the school gates, but I pray that it sets on their hearts and that they learn to grow in faith and love in their daily actions.
We read in our psalm today, "Look to the LORD in his strength; seek to serve him constantly." (Psalm 105:4-5)
How do we actually serve Him constantly in this busy world where it seems we serve everyone except the Lord? It is in that precise question where we find the answer. We bring God glory through our everyday actions. By taking the hand of your child, by giving a co-worker a smile or word of encouragement, by devoting a little extra time to ask a fellow student how they are doing, or asking someone if they need help, by fasting throughout the day as a private devotion to our beloved, by moving the laundry over and asking the Lord to clothe with righteousness all those who wear, or touch, or see these fabrics.
What we do and how we do it matters. Even the minor things. It isn’t enough to just say that we love God. Our actions, our behaviors, our words, must live out that love. Lent gives us a purposeful time to live out our love in specific action. Lent isn’t only about suffering through the witching hour without a glass of wine, or giving up our social media for a few weeks, or waking up early to pray in the quiet of the morning.
If we only practice the big moments of devotion, we miss all the little moments which make up our lives.
Do the big things too when you can, but as Lent draws to a close, let's try to also develop a habit of love in action with the little things, all the time. That is where we will find ourselves living the life of constant prayer.
How are you doing with your Lenten commitments of Fasting, Prayer, and Almsgiving? Have you given up? Even if you have struggled in the tedium of the last few weeks, recommit yourself to what matters most today.
MaryRuth Hackett is Director of Operations for Blessed is She. She loves historical fiction, dark chocolate, watching her children play soccer, a good cup of coffee (decaf please) and the quiet of the early morning. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and has a passion for helping parents understand the way their children grow and develop. You can find out more about her here.