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Turning dissertation writing into worship?

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I don’t know what God has in mind for me but at least he is consistent with his communication.  I am just trying to get through this process but maybe there is something more for me.

Yesterday, there was the question from John 1:35ff, “What are you seeking?”  Ouch–fame, success, respect, significance–maybe not so good eh? And as I have been focusing on Psalm 128 this week, it is quite clear that as we maintain a fear of God, he delights to bless the work of our hands, it shall go well with you. But, the fear of God comes first, the total surrender of everything before him–including my dissertation?

And then my wife sent me this article from Breakpoint about turning drudergy into worship.  Come on! I just read a dissertation today in which the guy said someone told him to “just finish it” but maybe that is not for me?

Catherine Larson writes in a breakpoint article on January 6, 2010

“turn every act, no matter how small, into an opportunity to serve God and worship Him through the work of your hands—no matter how seemingly “secular” the work is that you find yourself called to do.   .   . there is no task, no matter how seemingly insignificant or rote, that cannot be transformed into worship when the heart is inclined to give that act unto God as a spiritual act of worship.

Okay already but we are talking about something supernatural happening.  Hmmm, maybe that is the point?

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  1. Charlie
    January 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I recently watched John Ortberg interview Dallas Willard on the subject of worship. He mentioned Psalm 16:8 as a model for worship in that we intentionally, continually, and in all things (while writing dissertations:-) set the Lord before us. A challenging thought indeed.

    • January 15, 2010 at 10:43 am

      Thanks. Have an article by Willard on this topic and then one by Ortberg interviewing Willard and Foster if you are interested. From CT

      • Anonymous
        January 16, 2010 at 11:49 pm

        I am interested.

      • January 17, 2010 at 7:49 am

        is this charlie

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