A while back, Paul was asking some very probing questions about what blogging means to each and every individual. You can read the post in full here; this has fuelled a very interesting discussion which I for once have felt able to take part in...Let me share with you a little of my part in the discussion, and then let me expand a little more. Because, yes, you've guessed it: I want to talk about worship again!!
Paul: I'd love to hear your thoughts, please, on:
what is a blog to you: is it like a church? is it community? something else? and in the light of that:
do you feel that you have responsibility towards those that you interact with online - if so what does this means for you in practice? Do you think the Bible, or Common Sense or just Plain Manners says anything about how we should behave towards one another when we engage in 'community' online?
Mrs W: For me, my own blog is a bit like an extension of my home, another room almost. It's also an extension (or an expression) of my devotional life, another creative outlet for worship...
Paul: I'm intrigued, how do you see your reflections as part of your worship - is it the act of sharing in spirit and in truth? is it in the writing/expressing? the seeking/longing? I love the idea so would love to hear more how you see this?
Worship is a complex thing yet it is also so simple. It is really just about how I live my life, and whether the way I do this pleases God, and blesses His heart. And I see this as involving every nook and cranny of my daily existence. It's not simply about music/ singing/ and any other artistic expression we may engage in on a Sunday in church.
I love the way Andrea is constantly seeking to find beauty in the mundane (you can find an example of what I mean here!) - to me, that is also worship. Why? First because that's an acknowledgement that God is and wants to be intimately involved in the small things, in the details of our lives. And acknowledging this is, in my view, an act/ an expression - of worship. Second: to see beauty where most people would only see ugliness is a choice: it is choosing to involve God in the small, mundane, sometimes messy and ugly stuff of our lives. It is, in effect, putting Him at the centre, and that, to me, is worship.
So let's get to this thing about blogging being 'an extension of my devotional life', and 'another creative outlet for worship'... I desire to place God at the centre of everything I do, everything I say and everything I think. And I sincerely want my blog, here, to reflect that desire and be a place of transparency, where God is at the centre of anything I post. I am so keen to make it as beautiful as I know how...which to me is another way of expressing my love, my worship, to Him. Finally, by writing about my various experiences of life as a mother, a wife, and a daughter of the King, my longing is to help others to see that God can help us be victorious in each of our circumstances.
I recently came across a definition of worship which is exactly in line with everything that I want my life to be. It happens to be in the Bible...the best book of all time:
"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. This is your spiritual act of worship" (Romans 12:1-2a)
So, here you have it, it is not a comprehensive answer by any stretch of the imagination, but it'll have to do, for now!