Today has prompted me to write.
I started the day with some impromptu DJ-ing. I have an old record player (one of my most prized possessions – it belonged to my grandfather) and a very eclectic collection of records and singles. I enjoyed a bit of Bruce Willis, Bucks Fizz, Kylie Minogue and Guns ‘n’ Roses.
The last track I played, a rather lovely song by one of my artists, I sang and threw my arms up – I caught my reflection in the photo frame in front of me and realised I was taking the same position – the same stance – as when I sing songs of worship at church.
At first I was surprised to see myself do this – but I laughed, and loved the fact that the lyrics were perfect to be singing to my perfect Father.
I was listening to Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’.
Back in January, I made a promise to myself – to read one book a month. To have read 12 books (at least) by the end of the year. I fell behind a little in May, but I’ve caught up – and earlier this week, I finished my eighth book.
I was reading Levi Lusko’s ‘Swipe Right’ – a few months ago, almost everyone I follow on Instagram seemed to have a copy and be raving about it. So I trusted those I respected were right, and bought myself a copy. I was so not disappointed. As a single person watching all of her friends get married – this book was a God send (ha!) and Levi’s writing style was so up my street. His film referencing rivals my favourite NCIS Very Special Agent DiNozzo.
Part of the penultimate chapter in his book (don’t worry, no spoilers here – I really do urge you to grab a copy yourself) talks about God’s omnipotence. The word omnipotent, always makes me think of Friends – where the group is discussing what they would do if they were omnipotent for a day, and loveable Joey misunderstands and says he’d probably kill himself.
I get it though – because understanding God’s omnipotence is a real mind bender. But Lusko explains it so beautifully – he explains that we need to break the fourth wall in our lives with God. Breaking the fourth wall is what Deadpool repeatedly does with his audience – it’s what Jim Halpert does every time he looks into the camera in The Office to include the audience in his joke – it’s acknowledging your audience.
God is present with us everywhere and all the time. By continuing our daily business without acknowledging Him is a mistake – life carries on, you get up, go to work, get home, make dinner – it’s mundane. But if you acknowledge God in your workplace, you acknowledge Him when you’re stuck in traffic, you acknowledge Him when you’re washing up, brushing your teeth, talking on the phone, hanging out with friends, at the gym, in the park, down the shops…. you see where I’m going here?
By acknowledging God’s presence in every area of your life, by inviting Him into your everyday mundane – you make every part of your life worship, everything you do is for the glory of God.
I’ve heard it said thousands of times – you feel God’s hand on your life, or you need to invite God into everything you do, but I’ve never understood it before.
It was seeing myself with my arms lifted high, inviting God in and telling Him: “I want to be with You everywhere!”
So, I challenge you. I challenge you to invite God into your everyday life – see what is possible when you say to the Almighty “Okay, let’s see what we can do together” because I promise you, you have nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain.