Spending and Worship?

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 NIV

“Where you spend your love, you invest your life.” Mumford and Sons

Time to take inventory, especially during the first of the year. Where do we spend our love? Our time? Our money? Our talents? What and whom do we love? Does what we love take up most of our heart? Our concern? We work many hours a week at our career, household duties like shopping, cooking, laundry, homework. Do we treasure it? Do we spend our love on it?

Spending love is an act of worship. Doing dishes with my heart in it for God and family is worship. Gently folding the laundry with gratefulness for having the items to clothe and warm my family is worship. Counseling a troubled employee with God’s wisdom and personal space can be worship. Preparing a proposal for a small business that may save and grow that business is worship. Giving to charity. Walking the dog. All are acts of worship if my heart and attitude are leaning on God. It doesn’t mean everything will turn out the way I expect, but the attitude of worship is desired by our father and is due our father. We, with freedom, spend our love with him and in him.

Everything is an act of worship. Nothing is wasted if it’s done with love. Nothing is insignificant in God’s eyes. We just don’t see it as spending our love and investing our life. It is. We may see it as the mundane duties of every day, but if we see it as treasure, worship and love, we’re building our families, communities and storing up treasure in heaven.

Musings

Today and every day, we spend our love, money and time on something. We can spend our love on so many things that never return that love and fall into replacing it with status, money (the biggie), knowledge, addictions but they never love in return. Our father loves whether we feel it or not. We Black Sheep/Scapegoats relate to the Prodigal Son for sure! Our father demonstrated perfect love with the life and death of his own son.

Prayer

Dear Father,

You spent your most precious thing to save us: your son. May we remember that your son’s blood was more precious than gold as we go about our day. From cleaning runny noses to running a corporation, all is worship of you when our heart and attitude are focused on you. Thank you for the joy and treasure that comes from spending our time, efforts and money now and later in heaven.

Amen.

Published by Barbara Hinther

Barbara Hinther author of Meditations and Encouragement for the Caregiver of a Loved One with Dementia and What About Me, God. Time to share what she has learned and hopefully, others will know they are not alone. This too, shall pass with beautiful, yet painful, lessons. Barbara lives in a rural town in Idaho where all is community. Bless everyone in the community for their support and their never-ending let’s pitch in attitude! She worked in marketing for over 30 years and volunteered with the Idaho Youth Ranch and St. Vincent’s de Paul Thrift Store. Then her hardest job ever was caring for her husband who died from Lewy body dementia and needed her full-time care. Feelings of abandonment were constant. Life was very difficult for a while, but love, faith and hope will overcome. Let the adventure continue!

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