I love this quote from Albert Greene, a Christian educator:
‘To be holy means to be set apart for God, to be His friend, to be absorbed in our fellowship with Him. Actions that we think of as holy are not stepping-stones to make us holy; they are the fruit of an intimate relationship with Him in which we learn to rely on His presence in and with us, and in consequence of which we practice what pleases Him. Because we are sinners, we tend to think of pleasure, possessions, and power as the things worth seeking in life. But these are the things the non-Christian world seeks. Holiness in the sense of a communion with God in our ordinary daily activities is what we are really meant to strive for. This identifies true beauty.’
That encourages me today. Here we are, near the beginning of our week, many of us facing the 'ordinary daily activities.' But it's in experiencing God in the everyday and ordinary, where we find real and lasting joy. It's not in winning the lottery. It's not in climbing a mountain, sky diving or kayaking a river (although those things sound like fun). It's not found in the arms of another human being. Our souls were destined and designed for intimacy with God. When we practice His presence moment by moment, that's the sweet spot and the best stuff we'll ever find.
Listen to the words of Psalm 63:1-8 from the Message
'1 God - you're my God! I can't get enough of you! I've worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. 2 So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. 3 In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. 4 I bless you every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to you. 5 I eat my fill of prime rib and gravy; I smack my lips. It's time to shout praises! 6 If I'm sleepless at midnight, I spend the hours in grateful reflection. 7 Because you've always stood up for me, I'm free to run and play. 8 I hold on to you for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post.'
May You know Him deeply today!