“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

How would you answer if someone asked about the difference in the way you live on Sunday compared to the rest of the week? These should be one in the same. There shouldn’t be a “church world” separate from our “everyday world” that involves everything else throughout the week. If we compartmentalize our lives in this way, we limit God’s access to our hearts and we hinder His working power in our lives. Our sacred and secular worlds should look the same, equally reflecting the commitment we have made to worship Jesus.

What does this look like practically? How do you make God a part of every area of life? Include Him in literally everything! There is nothing you do in your daily life that He doesn’t care about. When you have difficulty with someone at work, pray for wisdom to handle the situation well. When you have a disagreement, pray for the other person and ask God to help you speak words of life that will bring peace, love, and reconciliation. When you approach a new disciplinary challenge as a parent, ask God what you should do. When you have a headache, ask Him to heal you! Don’t compartmentalize. Don’t limit God’s access. Proverbs 3 says to trust in the Lord with all your heart, not just some of it. And we are commanded to acknowledge Him not just certain ways when we feel like it, but in all our ways.

He wants to be included in every aspect of your life. He cares about you and what happens to you (1 Peter 5:7). After all, we can do nothing of eternal value apart from Him (John 15:5), so why do we try to?

• Where are you currently leaning on your own understanding instead of the Lord?

• What areas of your life do you need to submit before God, that you might acknowledge Him in all your ways?

• Spend a few moments in prayer over the New Year that is ahead of you. Thank God for fresh starts and new beginnings.