FOCUS ON WHATEVER

by Tammy Phillips
October 20, 2021

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV)

Both of my sons have a thing for shoes. They really like them and they like a variety of them.  Our youngest loves a bargain, as much as I do.  He loves to find a good sale on a great pair  of shoes.  Recently, he and I were talking about spending  and saving money.   He told me that his thoughts had changed a little bit on shopping for shoes.   He shared how his fiancé’s  younger sister, Claire, looked at a purchase.  Claire is a mere freshman in college.  She determines if she is going to spend by how many “wears” she believes she will get from the purchase, or how many times she will wear the item.  She is wise beyond her years.  I do not know where she learned this concept, but I wish that I had only been as wise, as early.  She looks at a purchase in reference to the value she will get from it.  If she is not going to wear it a lot, she is not going to buy it.

What if we looked at everything in life with Claire’s philosophy?  Actually, we will give credit where credit is due. This is a precept of life that Paul taught inspired by the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 10:31.  

“Whatever” is a BIG word.  It means all, the whole thing, anything, and everything. “Whatever” we do should be done to be bring glory to God.  Pause and really think about that. “Whatever” we do should add value to the kingdom of God, the lives of others and our lives.  As Christians, we always want to know the will of God.  Here it is in black and white…

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV)

  • Whatever we eat
  • Whatever we do not eat
  • Whatever we drink
  • Whatever we do not drink
  • Whatever we buy
  • Whatever we sell
  • Whatever we give
  • Whatever we say
  • Whatever we do not say
  • Whatever we pray
  • Whatever we hear
  • Whatever we watch
  • Whatever we read
  • Whatever we write
  • Whatever we post
  • Whatever we tweet
  • Whatever we snap
  • Whatever we wear

Talk about life changing and transformative.  Of course, the Holy Spirit brought this lesson to me on a day that I am going to Nashville to shop.  We have to practice what we preach, right?  I am going to really focus on “whatever.” 

I enCOURAGE you to pay attention to your “whatever’s.”  Personally, if I ever needed a tattoo, it would say “Love & Whatever.”   Actually,  I have this scripture picture tucked into my refrigerator and my pantry .  I need to always focus on “whatever” when I open those doors,  I know it would be transformative.  I suppose we all need to focus on “whatever,” whenever. 

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