On Sunday morning while in worship at my church I was given a glimpse of what worship might look like to God. We stand in our churches week after week, participating in corporate worship often without giving thought to the fact that believers all around the world are doing so, as well. Now I know Sunday morning isn’t the only time believers worship, but for the sake of illustration, imagine with me for a moment. Picture the earth as it turns, gradually bringing daylight to each part of the earth, a perpetual sunrise. Now imagine that believers all around the world arise and head to their chosen place of worship. Picture the gradual passing of time bringing each congregation into an attitude of worship and praise.
Do you see it? Have you ever witnessed the “wave” at a sporting event where all those in the stadium participate, raising their hands in succession all around the stadium in one fluid motion? Could it be one way God sees our worship? As one perpetual “wave” of praise going around the world? And not just on Sundays but every day that we choose to rise and offer praise to God as we start our day.
Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess his name.”
You may be part of a large church or you may be just standing in your living room on a Monday morning, but no matter where you are, you always have the opportunity to be a part of a worldwide “wave of praise” being continually offered to God.
Choose to be part of the wave!
Today I begin a new season in my life. I believe the Lord has been speaking very clearly to me about what is to be the theme of this season. He began with this simple question “Are you a funnel or a storage unit?”
I believe this is a question all of us would do well to consider. It’s a pretty simple process to make the connection between this word picture and our spiritual walk. We have all been given many gifts, blessings and talents that God intended us to use to further His kingdom. What we do with those things answers the question.
I believe that my honest answer for too many years is that I have been a storage unit. God has given me a desire to write and for the past 20 years I have been storing everything. I have notebooks full of writing that I have kept to myself.
Recently God has been showing me that it’s time to unlock my storage unit and become a funnel instead. He has much to say and He desires me to be a willing vessel – a funnel through which He can speak.
The motivating factor for my past behavior has been fear. Now I must come face to face with it and decide if it’s worth the risk to allow the things the Lord has spoken to me to be used to encourage someone besides myself. Today I begin to share and to pray fervently that those who read my words will be encouraged and challenged to search their own hearts to find the answer to the question for themselves.
May I be so bold to ask…are you a funnel or a storage unit?
When I began this website a few years ago my primary purpose was to provide a resource for homeschooling families. While I still have a desire to support homeschoolers any way I can, I have seen my focus gradually shifting in a different direction over the past few months. I will be changing my website to reflect this new direction. As of January 2011 I will be launching a weekly devotion to be sent to subscribers by email. There is a link on the top of this page (“Sheryl’s Devotions“) where you can sign up to receive this email.
For several years I have been working on a variety of writing projects. I have quite a few ideas for books and one work of fiction in the editing stages in preparation to submit to publishers. I also have a large collection of short devotional pieces that will become the content of the weekly emails. My hope is that the Lord will use these essays to encourage and perhaps even inspire others as they have inspired me.
The layout of my website will be changing but I hope to maintain the previous content as a resource for homeschoolers on a separate page. As this redesign takes place, please feel free to offer suggestions that might make navigating the site easier.
I’m looking forward to seeing what God will do in this new season of life. I invite you to join me and would appreciate your prayers as well!