In our everyday, ordinary lives we sleep, we eat, we go to work or school, we go to the store, the movies, the park. We go places, we do things and we see people. We hang out at home, play with our kids, and work in our yards. We go to the beach, the lake, the river or to the spring. We go for a run, take a walk or hit the gym. We take a nap, watch a game or crank up the grill. We live. We live our lives. This passage is about how we should choose to reflect Jesus in our everyday walking around life.
Romans 12: 1-2 MSG
"So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you."
As we were meandering through the turbulence of downtown traffic, there were people around us that chose alternative driving methods to those listed in the drivers handbook. Traffic is one of those places where our true selves is frequently on display. Don't be that person who cuts off others in traffic, weaves and bobs just to get ahead or because we think we need to be the first one at the light. Don't be that person who ridicules a store clerk because they didn't get it done the way we wanted or expected. Don't be that person that cusses a blue streak when we don't get our own way. Don't be that person who we see emulated and applauded on TV for being a jerk. Don't be the person who does 'whatever it takes' - 'no matter who it hurts' in order to get ahead. Don't be that person.
Instead be kind, encouraging and thoughtful. Instead be generous with smiles, opening doors and offering to help others with tasks. Instead be considerate of other people's time as well as our own. Instead laugh often and with gusto. Instead say yes with enthusiasm and no with confidence. Instead we should show our light, our love of God, to the world with our acts and deeds. Instead we should be the person that God knows we can be, by being the best version of ourselves that we can be, in our everyday walking around lives.