Daily Dose, Oct. 22 — Whole Life & Holy Living

            "I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect." (Romans 12:1-3) For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Pierce Pettis is a singer-songwriter whose music I’ve loved for a long time. I first heard him while I was in college, and I remember listening to a lot of his music on those long road trips between Tallahassee and my parents’ house in Woodstock. During that formative time in my life, I appreciated how his music really captured an intersection of daily life and deep faith. He wrote about love, loss, laughter, and life…and faith underscored all of it.
One lyric has stuck with me over the years. It’s simple…but it’s not. It goes like this: “Everything matters if anything matters at all. Everything matters, no matter how big, no matter how small.” It has served as a great reminder to me that none of our thoughts, speech, and actions are meaningless. We never know when God may reveal himself to us, and we never know how something we do, think, or say might reveal God to someone else. This week, I’ll be writing about various ways to think about the meaning and the value of our lives - our WHOLE lives. The reading from Romans reminds us to treat our lives as living sacrifices, offered to be used by God in his more-than-capable hands. It’s not easy to live in a sacrificial way. We need God’s help to do it well, because most of us aren’t naturally predisposed to that way of living. It contrasts with a life focused on ourselves and our own happiness. I hope you’ll be challenged this week. I hope you’ll consider how you’re allowing God to transform you…not into what you want to become, but into what he knows you can be! Everything matters. So let’s make it REALLY matter! -- Rev. Brad Greene