A weekly blog about relationships, belief, and personal growth, written from a position of hope.
"It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it."
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God."
- 1 Corinthians 10:31
We live in a world of labels, particularly in our faith communities. We call some things sacred and others secular. This movie is Christian, that one is not. This music is worship, that music is of the world. This person is in, that one is out. We, as humans, love categories. It's easier for our brains to process ideas that way.
We also have a tendency to compartmentalize our lives into neat boxes: work life, home life, faith community, etc. We have expectations for each of these contexts. At work I grow the business. At home I'm a husband. At church I go to experience God.
What would happen if we removed the labels?
And when I say "remove labels," I mean look for traces of the divine in all things, having a conscious awareness that everything is spiritual in our lives. It sounds like an elementary idea, but it's arguably the hardest thing to maintain as each of these "contexts" seems to have competing interests.
Have you cried in a movie that wasn't God's Not Dead 1 or 2? Of course you have. I would venture to say you've had plenty of visceral reactions to things most people would label "secular."
Every great story contains traces of the greatest story. From the characters, to the rising action, to the conflict and resolution, our world is full of microcosms. We can see redemption and grace everywhere! We just struggle to attach the appropriate language for those moments.
I made it a point to write down every moment I experienced God for the last few weeks. "Experiencing God," as marked by every time the phrase, "This is good, thanks be to God," went through my mind.
Here's part of my list:
The list goes on and on, because God's goodness, experienced in every aspect of our lives, goes on and on...This sacred life, with all of its seasons, struggles, and victories, is so good. Thanks be to God.
You haven't missed your calling
From where I sit in this hospital waiting room
Accept the invitation to live
The lighted window
It was worth it
The subtle sounds of a life together
Made for the now-what
When holidays are hard
Sharing in our suffering
To my doubting friend
Ten years down the road
How long, Lord?
A season of doubt