The story is told of an old sculptor who worked meticulously on a figure that was to stand in
a niche in the wall so that its back would never be seen. An observer noted that the artist
was laboring as exactingly on the back of the piece as on the front.
"Why take such care on the back? No one will ever see it," the onlooker asked.
"Ah," replied the sculptor, "but God will always be looking upon it."
I CORINTHIANS 10:31
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
I've often wondered what my life would be like if I had taken a different path; turned a
different corner; went through a different door. I almost married someone different when I
was younger and I've wondered where I would be living now, if I would still have children and
what kind of job I would have if I had made different choices back then. I've made some
choices in my life that I regret and some that I wouldn't change if I could. But what makes
us choose certain paths over others? Sometimes it is beauty. Some paths are more appealing
than others. And sometimes we just simply choose the road that looks smoother and easier to
walk. But these are not good reasons for directing our lives. The most difficult paths are
often the most rewarding. If we constantly take the flat, smooth trails, we will never be
able to see the view from the mountain top!
Why are you working at your present job (or being a stay-at-home mom or dad)? Why are you
living where you live? Why do you eat the foods you eat? Why do you drive the car you drive
and wear the clothes you wear? Why do you go to church (or not go), and why that
church or denomination? Examine your life choices. Are they selfish? Maybe you are stuck in
a thankless job of some kind that you absolutely hate. If you are doing the job because it is
all you can find right now and it puts food on the table, that is a good, selfless reason and
you are doing it "to the glory of God!" But if you are working 12 hours a day 7 days a week
only for money and self advancement when your family needs you at home more and you are
missing worship on Sunday, that is not glorifying God! If you are overeating (or
starving yourself) because of unresolved feelings you are not glorifying God. If you are
driving a car or living in a house or wearing clothes way beyond your means you're striving to
glorify yourself and that is a sin. If you are going to church out of a sense of duty or
habit you are not bringing glory to God; church is a place of worship and spiritual renewal.
God is watching our lives and our motives. He sees everything we do and knows what our motives are.
We can hide nothing from Him. He wants us to do everything for His glory. Even cleaning house,
cooking your family a hot meal and washing clothes (the same clothes week after week),
although seemingly thankless tasks, are glorifying to God. He can even get glory from the
flowers you plant in front of your house but if you are doing it to keep up with the
people next door you are doing it for your own glory!
Every day we make choices. Sometimes small choices such as what to eat for lunch and sometime
huge choices such as job changes or marriage. We should seek the will of God with each choice
we make. I know no one has time to agonize over every meal and ask God what He wants them to
have for dinner each night but we can be aware of why we are eating (often when we are
not hungry). The scripture above says to "do all to the glory of God." That
means every single breath we take should glorify God. Arguing with your spouse in front of
the children does not glorify God and neither does taking your bad day out on your family at
night. I know if I had sought God's will in my life I would have made different choices along
the way. I am still hiking along through the woods, some of the time in the dark, and still
coming to forks in the road, but now I'm pausing more and kneeling to pray before I choose a
direction. I know He sees me there in the woods and is waiting for me to ask for directions.
Sometimes I have to camp in the clearing for awhile until I can figure out which way I should
go, but I'm learning to wait on Him to lead the way!
Take some time this week to think about some choices you have made in the past and what
you could have done differently. Try to answer some of the questions above. See if you are
glorifying God in your life or if there are some things you should be doing differently. It is
never to late to change! And be sure to watch for the forks in the road from now on and seek
His direction in your life! He wants to guide you but He can only lead if you are willing to