Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,  for you were bought with a price. So, glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

What we do every day adds up to what we do with our lives. Routines reveal a lot about a person. Do you have a morning routine, a meal time, drive time, or a bedtime routine? List your daily routines. Ask God to show you how these tasks shape you as you perform them. How have they formed who you are? Your body is sacred and caring for it is a holy act. The body you live in each day is the body you use to worship God. Does what you do every day affect your worship on Sunday, does your worship on Sunday affect your everyday? Transformation uses individual and community spiritual practices. “None of us can be made whole, ‘til we are made whole together”- Lesslie Newbigin.

Tish Harrison Warren, in her book Liturgy of the Ordinary, relates the elements of traditional liturgy to our daily tasks. Liturgy is simply the regular practices a church does, for example Confession, Communion, or Passing the Peace. Warren lines up some of the aspects of liturgy and everyone’s ordinary day, such as: 

Eating-reading the word and taking the Lord’s Supper
Sleeping-Sabbath rest
Calling a friend-reciting creeds or choral readings
Brushing your teeth-ceremony

The ordinary liturgy of my day forms me for who I am now and for who I believe God wants me to become. Daily reading, studying and prayer are the building blocks I need for where I want to go and who I want to be in Jesus. How long, when, and where I exercise and rest is life-giving. These hymn lyrics give me hope. “Jesus I am resting, resting in the joy of what thou art, I am finding out the greatness of your loving heart. Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee, And Thy beauty fills my soul. For by Thy transforming power, Thou hast made me whole.”

By Donna Burns

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