4 Ways to Worship With Your Life

by Laura MacCorkle

Every wonder why it seems so much easier to make "worship" a verb for three hours on a Sunday morning or two hours on a Wednesday night? What happens when we get back out into the real world? You know ... like when you're standing in the "Express - 10 Items or Less" line at the grocery store and the guy in front of you has got a week's worth of food to check out. Grrrr. Yes, that's when real worship kicks in. So how can you honor the Lord when it gets down to the nitty-gritty of living? How can you worship Him with your life? Try these 14 ways on for size. ... 1. Love the unlovely. Leviticus 19:18It's easy to love the people you like. But how about those you don't? Like the lady in choir who talks incessantly about herself. You don't want to hear another word about her uncle's brother's cousin's co-worker's foot problem. But like the church choir lady, perhaps you are someone else's "unlovely." Think about that the next time she corners you. Try seeing her and loving her the way God sees and loves you. 2. Give God your firstfruits. Proverbs 3:9Whatever is precious to you right now in your life, try giving it to God and see what happens. Perhaps it's a chunk - or all! -- of your bonus check from work. Maybe one of your firstfruits is your time. Try giving your entire day off to the Lord. Spend that time in prayer. Or reading Scripture. Or finishing long-promised items on your "honey-do" list. 3. Pick up litter. 1 Peter 4:10How many times do you pass the same crushed up Coke can that's been on the sidewalk for a week now? Trash pickup isn't listed as a specific spiritual gift per se, but perhaps lifting a hand - and a plastic baggy -- to clean up the world around you is exactly what God is calling you to do.

9. as the Lord guides you in helping to strengthen their faith. Luke 10:25-37As believers. 8. everyone is our neighbor. Turn off the tube. 7. Give up the gossip. Matthew 6:1-4Have you ever noticed how exciting it is to do something nice for someone anonymously? If you found your newspaper at your front door instead of all the way down at the end of the driveway. What goes . right? Wrong." 1 Peter 2:17These two words do secure second glances these days. When you're polite to whom you're talking. See if "miraculously" you have more time to meditate on God's Word and serve Him better. Be neighborly. Cut out the distractions. Say "please" and "thank you. Discipleship and mentoring opportunities abound for all ages and levels of spiritual maturity. Give in secret. Whether we live in a high-rise or on several country acres. at first it seems fun to dish. Philippians 4:8We're talking radical. since we are made in God's image. And hopefully they will be changed. 6. Help the weak. would you refuse such kindness? Your "giving in secret" opportunities are endless. people will notice. Make them wonder why you should care.4. we are ultimately showing respect to our heavenly King. Plus. Be stealthy. Go ahead and turn off your television for a day. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Do you know someone who is spiritually weaker than you? Come alongside your brother or sister in Christ and walk with them. Borrow some sugar. But sometimes we forget that our neighbors are really our neighbors as described in Luke. Ask the Lord how you can help someone learn to lean more heavily on Him. A month. There's laughter involved and you feel better about yourself when you magnify someone else's failures and foibles. 5. A week. Show your muscle. Proverbs 18:8Sure. A year! See if you're less distracted and more in tune with what the Lord is saying in your life. would you be upset? Or if your dinner bill was already covered when it came time to pay up. Become a fisher of neighbors and extend your hand to them. we all have people who live next to us. Remember that the next time you think a cashier is rude and not worthy.

Open up your home. your home can be used for God's glory. you can "carry each other's burdens and fulfill the law of Christ. a pack of smokes and the effects of daily couch time? Take inventory and ask the Lord how to make your body a better home for His Spirit. And forget. Romans 13:1-5How does one worship the Lord by keeping the speedometer in check? By submitting to an earthly authority and obeying its rules and regulations.down smooth and tasty will later only promote dissension and do your heart and mind no good. Likewise." 14. it's not always a thrill to deal with the incredible burden of our weaknesses. So put out the welcome mat. and see what He can do. 11. A comfy place to sit. When a fellow believer is weighed down by temptation or spiritual failure. our heavenly ruler who has established this system. be drastic and just walk away. Romans 12:1Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. . 12. but the simple act of opening your home to others can be pleasing to the Lord. try saying something nice about the person in question. then you know it's no fun to carry up the groceries each week. And a shoulder. Drive the speed limit. it represents the totality of all that you are and do for the Lord. a hot cup of coffee and meaningful conversation are all that's needed. Luke 10:38It may seem like a no-brainer. we are submitting to God. Forget about the dust bunnies. Galatians 6:2If you live on the fourth floor of an apartment walk-up. how will you help shoulder the load? Through prayer and encouragement. Remember this the next time you're passing through a school speed zone when you're late for work. Colossians 3:13Easier said than done. Or better yet. 13. Whether you're living on the side of a cliff in a glass house or in a trailer park. Think of the person you feel has wronged you the most in your lifetime. Do you treat it as you should? Or is your visible form merely a receptacle for the fast-food drive-thru. And as a living sacrifice. The next time you encounter a gossip circle or situation. Take care of yourself. Forgive. 10. Lend a hand.

With our words and deeds -. But the Lord will help us if we seek Him. No late-night infomercial with a 30-day success story can do it.with everything in our being -.Have you forgiven him or her as the Lord forgave you? Holding grudges only creates bitterness in our hearts and keep us from experiencing the freedom of forgiveness. Nor an inspirational speaker's set of 24 discs at the low. And let the healing begin. Granted.we can choose to worship our heavenly Father with our lives. Consider each day your fresh start in honoring and serving the Lord with body. mind and soul. so ask the Lord to reveal whom He will help you forgive today. low price of $99. It's not achieved with an add-water-and-mix formula. there's no magic cure-all that will have us worshipping 365 days a year.99. .