The glory of God is being fully alive…
This is a slightly altered quote from St Irenaeus in 185 A.D.
There’s such richness and depth if we sit and ponder this idea… much more than could ever be covered in this simple blog post. But I’d like to share a few beginning thoughts and invite you into your own reflection on what is the glory of God and how are you fully alive?
I think of the GLORY of GOD as being the LIGHT of GOD. How does God shine brightly through humanity? The incarnation or indwelling of the Holy Spirit within each person is such a beautiful concept. In the Christian Bible we read Jesus saying, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
For me this is an acknowledgment that the light of God is burning brightly within me and I must look at ways that I am indeed hiding it under a bushel. When I discover the places and ways of my life that are hindering God’s love from shining through, I am invited to surrender into the transformative process where God helps remove those bushel baskets and my light shines a little brighter. Eventually the light/glory of God will be a beacon and then I will feel fully alive.
But it works the other way too. Rather than focusing on the blocked places, if I pay attention to the times and places in my life when I feel “alive” – those places of energy, love and connectedness to all that is beyond myself – if I pay attention and then put myself in those places of life, I am slowly transformed and my fullness of life again allows God’s light/glory to shine forth.
One small example is noticing that I feel more fully alive when tending to my physical self-care. Three areas that I currently monitor are exercise, diet, and sleep. When I take the time to check in and am mindful of my physical self, I make wise choices. The result is an increase of energy, clarity of thought, and purity of spirit. In other words, I feel more alive! This “aliveness” in turn lifts my spirit and I am more loving, compassionate, and open to others and the world around me. I am allowing God’s Glory to shine through! Imagine, practicing self-care isn’t selfish at all. It’s one way of glorifying God.
To encourage me, I put my name in Irenaeus’ quote, “The glory of God is BECKY fully alive!”
Try it for yourself, “The glory of God is ______ fully alive!”
Now that’s something worth celebrating!