EVERYTHING…for His Glory
-Written by Rachel Hill
Singer-songwriter, military spouse
and guest writer for Worship Wednesdays
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” 1 Cor 10:31
Worship is not confined to what happens during the hours of a “worship service” or excluded to singing songs. We are indeed worshipping God when we are doing anything for His glory. And as it says in 1 Corinthians 10:31, we should do everything to the glory of God. Recently, I have found myself in a bit of a rut with this truth. Perhaps this may sound familiar to my military spouse sisters.
I am exhausted, I look at my face in the mirror and think “what happened to the last ten years”, I have boxes to unpack, my heart hurts for my daughter who has yet to make friends at our new duty station, I worry about my husband who is working non-stop to learn his new job, my “to do” list stares at me shamefully, I am unhappy…
But, I am a military wife and I am a Christian! Therefore, I am a rock, I am Superwoman! I know I have to put on my big girl undies and with a grateful heart I will tackle that load of laundry and I will thank God that I have clothes and loved ones that need clean clothes. And I’ll go jogging and be grateful that I have a body that is physically able. The list continues: get the car fixed/thank God for car, scrape disgusting stuff from dishes/be glad for food and a dishwasher, step on Lego/praise God for child… you get the picture, maybe you’ve been there?
This is where I have messed up though, because this brand of thankfulness is where my attempted worship or glory giving has been ending- Thank you O’ giver of stuff, O’ giver of this good life and my people. I kid myself. I don’t tell the true story. I try to emulate those I see on the internet who happily will their smiley lives together. It is good to count your blessings, but every lemon in this world will not be turned to lemonade! Sometimes, we have to surrender, sometimes we suffer, sometimes we must call bad, “bad” – It is essential to be grateful to God in all things and praise God for what he has given, but this thanksgiving in itself is not sufficient to my soul. My soul longs to worship God in even deeper ways. My soul wants to worship God like this:
My soul looks upon my laundry and my aging face and pronounces “Filthy rags and dilapidated temporary body! My father who is in charge of my life and all this creation will one day release me to my full glory and I will no longer be with you! He has promised to sanctify me because of my belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ! As the vicar of my punishment He has rescued me from my pitiful destiny of separation from the Glory of God.”
Then my soul looks to Christ, “Oh Lord, how miserable I would be doing these tasks, how my heart would hurt if willing myself to be thankful for 80 years of clean socks was all this life was about! Hallelujah there is You -the Goal! And, Your Glory – the reason for my existence. Thank you for showing me through everyday life that you love me! Thank you for my family, health, friends, clean laundry and all the other blessings you’ve given me and thank you for the “bad” that highlights my weakness and the brokenness of this earth, reminds me that I need you every day, points me to your sovereignty, and confirms in my heart that this world is not my home! It is because of You and my hope in You that I can do anything-at all! And so in all I do (mundane, pleasurable, painful, fun, difficult, great) to you be all the glory and praise forever!”
– Rachel Hill
Rachel Hill is a military spouse, the mother of a feisty seven year old girl, and is a singer-songwriter. She enjoys dating her husband, pretending with her daughter, and watching University of Kentucky basketball.
Rachel loves writing songs! She writes about her faith, family, friends, and pretty much anything else that pops into her mind. She has had the privilege of helping lead worship for numerous churches and Bible studies. Rachel is very grateful to God for the gift of music and the way He uses music to draw people closer to Him.
For the worship song this week, enjoy the new song by Christy Nockels called, “Let It Be Jesus.”