31 Days of Song: “Do Everything”

“You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13).  Salt was put into foods to help with the flavour and we as Christians, the way we do things, what comes out of our mouths, should have a different flavour to those around us.

I saw a play last night by a Christian theatre company.  It was very cleverly done and had the potential to be really good, but I was disappointed with the swearing in it.  If I read online that a film contains strong language, I choose not to go and see it, no matter how good the storyline or how much I’d like to.  “But now also put these things out of your life: … using evil words when you talk” (Colossians 3:8).  Writing or acting for a Christian theatre company isn’t an excuse to throw off restraint and call it ‘Getting into character’; I think you’ve got a responsibility just like the rest of us – to write your plays, or adapt your parts so you can act them out in a way that honours God.

This song I’ve chosen was going to be in the 31 Days somewhere, and today it seems really appropriate – a reminder, to me and to you, to bring a smile to God’s face with every little thing that we do.  If I had to pick a theme tune for my life, this would be it.

The Power of Words

I’ve written before on the importance of church.  Just thought I’d tell you an up-to-date story:

 

Last Sunday, a lady I don’t know very well said to me:  “You’re always smiling.  Do you know that?  You really shine with the Lord”.  I knew it was only half-true.  I’m not always smiling; for one thing I don’t smile much when I’ve really hoped for that job and it didn’t materialise, but the thought that somebody else could see Jesus in me!  That’s what church should be:  A group of Christians encouraging each other.

 

During the week, the things people say – even positive things – can fill you with questions sometimes.  I just saw one person comment to another on Facebook:  “Look at the glory of God in your life now”, and straightaway I’m asking myself:  Can people see the glory of God in my life?  And into my mind come that lady’s words from Sunday:  They’ve lasted me the whole week.

 

I love church.  How do people survive without it?  I know it isn’t always what it should be, but that’s why the Bible tells us to be patient and allow for one another’s faults (Ephesians 4:2).

 

Do you go to a church?  Would you recommend it to your friends?