I have special touches I add to a lot of things, small nuances that make it just a little better and little different. Like adding a teaspoon of vanilla to my apple pie filling and sprinkling the top crust with freshly grated cinnamon, throwing a teaspoon each of lemon juice and lemon zest into my blueberry pie filling, rolling my molasses or ginger cookie dough in white sparkling sugar before baking them, adding a chopped jalapeno to my collards, and a tablespoon of vinegar to a Dutch oven full of beans or lentils. I do those things because I am always looking for ways to make the things I cook for friends and family out of the ordinary.
I bet you all do things like that with the things that matter most to you. My mother used to finish all the edges of her seams—the part you never see unless you wear the item inside-out—with a special stitch that kept it from raveling. And when anyone did happen to inspect her seams they were always impressed with how neat those raw edges looked and marveled that she would take that extra time.
So here is the thought for the day: What extra effort do we go to in our offerings to God? I am afraid that too many of us think that coming in for the Lord's Supper hour on Sunday mornings is the most we really "have" to do. But could we do something extra for God? Could we get up an hour earlier or stay an hour later? And beyond that, could we wake up every morning with the determination to offer him something a little special, a little out of the ordinary in our behavior, in our service to others, in our prayer life, in the way we conduct ourselves out there in the world? Wouldn't it be great to offer God a taste of a life that has just a little more zeal, a little more devotion, and a little more sacrifice?
We will never match the extra he put into our salvation, but wouldn't it be nice of us to try?
A prayer for the day: I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. (1Chr 29:17-18)