Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
These are the types of sacrifices which we are all able and encouraged to do. These are sacrifices of time. I am wondering about the sacrifice of praise: 'the fruit of lips that openly profess his name'. When I think about this in terms of my life, I am brought right back to giving up worldly pursuits and allegiances. Do I spend as much time talking about God as I do talking about other, unimportant things? Do I spend as much time praising God as I do complaining about the weather or how difficult my day was? These verses bring me back to a better starting place for each day. In shorter form: "Remember to praise God today, and to be kind and generous to others." Give up worldly and unimportant concerns for now.
Holy Lord, help me to keep my mind and my heart in tune with you all day long. I have to go to work, but I can still praise you and be open with my faith.
I am so very thankful, God, for all of your many blessings, and for your unimaginable grace. Amen