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Shining the Light Devotional

It’s been a while since we were all hanging at the beach together, signing at the top of our lungs and going crazy during piñata parties. My guess is that you went home ready to make some changes. You made some big decisions and made commitments to do life differently when you got home. And maybe life hasn’t looked as differently as you hoped. It can be easy to get discouraged that life doesn’t look like we hoped it would. That life doesn’t’ feel as full as we’d like it to. And when that happens, we often go searching for things in our life that we need to change. Things we need to do to get more excitement and adventure into our lives. But, what if truly having fullness of life wasn’t that complicated?

Paul writes something to the Church or Corinth in 1 Corinthians that is just as beneficial for us today. What Paul writes should give us both freedom and perspective on how to live our lives to the full. He says this:

 

…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31

 

Discovering fullness of life may be simpler than we originally thought. When it comes to living the full life that Jesus offers us, there is no level of excitement or adventure that will make it more full. To have a full life, we’re just called to follow Jesus and glorify God in all that we do. It’s that simple. The prime life is right in front of us at this very moment.

How different could your life look if today you chose to glorify God in all that you did? That test you have coming up in that class you think is pointless. What if you chose to study and take it seriously because of your desire to glorify God with your education? That friend that started spreading rumors about you. What if you chose to forgive them instead of seeking revenge because of your desire to glorify God with your friendships? Basketball practice with that coach that always gives you ridiculous drills. What if you chose to not join in when the rest of the team is complaining because of your desire to glorify God with your words? When your mom turns off your video game because she needs you to wash that dishes. What if you chose to not roll your eyes and talk back and chose to obey because of your desire to glorify God with your attitude?

What if for today you decided to do everything for the glory of God? What if in every situation you asked yourself how to glorify God in that situation? I think you would find fullness of life beyond what you’ve imagined. It would change your attitude. It would change how you approach your day and will allow you to see the fullness that is right in front you. More than that, those around you would see a difference in you. They would see that you live with integrity and joy and honor and courage. They would see that your life is marked by something greater. Because, when you choose to give God glory in all that you do, you live fearlessly and boldly knowing that God is in control and that in him is fullness of life – forever! So today, live full by giving God the glory in all that you do.

Meet the author

Beth Romanoski

Beth Romanoski

Beth has been coming to BigStuf since 7th grade, was a BigStuf summer intern, and is now our Registration Coordinator. As Registration Coordinator, she now gets to hear countless stories from Youth Pastors about how BigStuf is a place where their students have learned more about who God is and who He has created them to be. She said, "It’s come full circle and I think that’s pretty incredible."

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