Milieu therapy is a therapy that puts the patient into a new living environment, changing their surroundings in order to make room for a healthier life to grow. So here's today's idea: worship can change your surroundings.
A century ago GK Chesterton put it like this: 'You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.' Hmm... which kinda translates as: '...grace before Facebook, grace before YouTube, before Instagram, before movies, before texting...'
Sometimes you don't feel like praising God. But feelings don't have to always fill praise, and a good relationship isn't based on emotion but on commitment. A songwriter in the Bible said, 'From the rising of the sun to its going down, the Lord's name is to be praised' (Psalm 113:3 NKJ). They scheduled praisebreaks throughout their day: 'Seven times a day I praise You' (Psalm 119:164 NKJ). What if, every time you stopped for a break (tea, coffee or chocolate), you took time to praise God too?
So what now? If you want to change your environment and your attitude, start praising God throughout the day. Try it and see. Eventually the emotions and feelings will follow and make the praise spontaneous and flowing out of you, just like Chesterton.
Soulfood : Is 42-44, Jn 8:1-13, Ps 96, Prov 28:17-20