Has life become all about you, instead of all about God? Fight against your “me first” nature by taking 4 steps for glorifying God every day.

4 Steps for Glorifying God Every Day

I hit publish on 6 posts and considered the hard part over; but making my blog live created more work than I anticipated. My to-do list grew out of control, full of “must do” tasks for a blogger. Being completely wrapped up in the blogging world, it didn’t take long for me to start constantly checking statistics: how many page views? comments? likes? follows? repins?

God saw the path I had taken and sent me a message, “It’s not about you!”

 

Has life become all about you, instead of all about God? Fight against your “me first” nature by taking 4 steps for glorifying God every day.

First the message showed up in my daily Bible reading:

On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts”. 1 Thessalonians 2:4

Next in my devotional:

“Like Israel, we should realize it is not just about us and our being blessed and having it good; if we are blessed, it is so we might be a blessing and God would be glorified.” -Jerry Rankin

Finally, a lesson in a blogging course about how everything David did honored God.

“This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.” 1 Samuel 17:46  

The same message three times in 48 hours; God had my attention.

Even though I set out with the best intentions to glorify God, I got sucked into our self-absorbed society, where number of likes, follows and “friends” equates to self-worth. I sought validation from other people instead of from God. My hard work aimed at pleasing other people, instead of pleasing God.

So quickly my work changed from being all about God to being all about me. But God called me to this work. He wanted it done right.

As my focus turned back to glorifying God, I relied on four daily steps to keep it from becoming all about me again.

4 Daily Steps For Glorifying God:

  1. Make time with God non-negotiable. Start every day with a devotion, prayer, and time reading your Bible. If you aren’t a morning person, schedule your God time later in the day, but don’t skip it. Even if you don’t spend a long period of time with God in the morning, I encourage you to at least start your day with a prayer. Check out this post for a short but powerful morning prayer.
  2. Remind yourself who you really work for. The Bible tells us to Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23). It becomes easy to get self-absorbed thinking we are working for ourselves. However, when we view our work as being for God, our motivation changes, and our focus remains on glorifying God. Your reminder can be anything, a sticky note on your computer, a pop-up message on your phone; be creative.
  3. Evaluate your to-do list and prioritize tasks. Go through your to-do list and ask yourself, does this task glorify God? Is it in line with his purpose for me? If the answer is no, it gets moved to the bottom of the list, or crossed off completely. Just remember, God has given you many roles (wife, mother, professional, friend, etc.), and fulfilling each of those roles glorifies God.
  4. Stop trying to please people. This one is a game changer.  Let go of everything others think you should do and focus solely on what God wants you to do. So much peace can be found by keeping your  focus on pleasing God and not people. (Read more about it here).

I like what John the Baptist says in John 3:30: “He [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease.

John understood it was all about Jesus, which meant it couldn’t be about him. His following actually needed to decrease so Jesus’ would increase.

Let’s take the same approach, decreasing the focus on ourselves, and increasing the focus on God.

How do you keep your focus on glorifying God? I would love to hear from you.

Has life become all about you, instead of all about God? Fight against your “me first” nature by taking 4 steps for glorifying God every day.

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28 thoughts on “4 Steps for Glorifying God Every Day

  1. Amen. The kids and I start the day with devotions but I enjoy getting my time in the evening when they are all asleep. It seems the earlier I wake up the earlier my children wake up which means cranky kids later.

    • I have been there Lacy! For awhile I joked my daughter had a mommy alarm clock. It didn’t seem to matter what time I woke up, she woke up too. Great job finding a way to start the morning with God anyway and get your quiet time later.

  2. I find that it always helps me to do a little exercise where I write in one column what I want to make top priorities and then in a second column I write down how I have actually spent my time for the past week. It reveals where I need to work on things for sure! In our culture it is SO easy to lose focus and I know I have to reassess often!!

    • That is a great idea. Prioritizing doesn’t work if you don’t follow through and do the first things first, so I love how this adds some accountability to yourself.

  3. Hello Kira! I keep my focus on God by asking myself, “what are my intentions?” or “what is my motivation?” I am seeking more of Him and less of me in this season. I know there are “good things” and there are “God things.” I am praying for the God things!

    Best,
    Robin

    • Those are great questions to ask yourself Robin! You can definitely do “good things,” yet not be in line with God’s will for your life. I think those are hardest of all to step away from. Sounds like you are on the right track though, keep praying and seeking.

  4. Great word! It is so very easy to move into the “it’s all about me” attitude — after all, people provide kudos, appreciation and thanks for the great job “you” are doing, or the wonderful thing “you” have created, etc. It is indeed a challenge to turn that appreciation to the Lord, without being “anti-prideful,” which is in itself, a form of pride. If you can remember who you really work for, it takes care of that problem.

    • Yes, well said! Instant gratification is what we get from people, but how much greater will our reward be in heaven if we faithfully serve God and wait for it.

  5. Thank you for this! This was a great reminder for me as a blogger and content creator to have that balance and remember what matters above all of this social media world. Not getting sucked in. And not getting consumed with number of likes or comments or views. It can end up taking so much of our mind. I’m actually going to read this again! Great job!

  6. Boy how easy it is to shift our focus from God to the world or to our work or project. It’s a constant process of returning..the meaning of repenting. I find myself repenting as I read your words. Prayer, writing my blog , Bible reading helps me put my focus on Gos. Great post! Visiting from Christian Bloggers Unite.

  7. Thank you for this. I needed to be reminded of it too. I can easily get caught up and forget to keep myself always giving God glory. i love how simple your four steps are.

  8. It’s hard sometimes not to get caught up in the statistics, but if we keep our focus on God and glorifying Him it does become easier to be content and not compare or worry. Your 4 suggestions are right on. I feel it when I neglect my time alone with God, so I’m trying to make sure nothing crowds it out even if I can’t do it first thing. I like your idea of just starting the day with a quick prayer if we have our “God time” later in the day. It doesn’t take much time, but it does put our focus on Him first.

    I’m your neighbor at #100HappyDays. Blessings to you!

  9. This is SO good, Kira! This post is very timely for me. I just started blogging less than two months ago, and the Lord made it very clear that this is what He has called me to do for his glory–and lately I too have found myself very preoccupied with the number of “likes”, comments and repins… I’m so glad to know that I am not the only one who has this struggle at times. But what a comfort to know that his mercies are new every morning, and when we put him first, we take the focus off of ourselves and remember that this is all about him! I am definitely pinning this post to refer back to when I need these reminders! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • You are definitely not alone in this struggle! The enemy is always at work to distract us from what God intends for us to do. Have confidence in your call and keep turning your focus back to God daily. He will reward you for your faithful obedience.

  10. I have been doing an Inductive Bible Study. There are study guides available for every book of the Bible! It involves using colored pens to mark certain key words. The guides include a lot of questions to answer in order to discover the Truth of God! Marking words with colors helps keep me focused on what I am reading, and helps it to sink in as I look for key terms. Inductive Bibles are also available online, which includes instructions for how/what to mark as you read.

    • I have heard of this type of study but not done much myself. I will have to check out the online guides and try it out.

      • You should! Look up “inductive Bible studies precepts”. All books of the Bible are covered within their many studies!!!

        • Actually, it will work better to search “inductive Bible studies series”. The series is through Precepts Ministries, but it is a little different than the precepts Bible studies.

  11. Kira, I’m so grateful I came across this post this morning! It’s really what I needed and only God knew that.
    For the past three weeks, I’ve been working nonstop to get my blog ready to launch it at the end of this month. It has been great but overwhelming at the same time. Getting my blog ready means “learning all” about blogging, jumping from one thing to the next, a long list of to-do lists, plug ins lol, – It’s insane!! And the truth is that I have spent more time getting the site ready than actually dedicating more time to writing what God has put in my heart and the SOLE purpose of the blog to share His steadfast love with others. Thank you so much for this, I’ll be referring back to the 4 steps as I continue on this new journey!

    • I have to refer back to this often myself! Blogging can definitely suck you in and take up all your time and energy, but just keep returning to God and asking him to guide you. Wishing you the best on your new journey.

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