Sunday, October 18, 2015

Living life to the fullest

If you would live life as it is meant to be lived, you must never dare to put asunder what Almighty God has joined. Religion, or conscious, intimate contact with God, must not only dominate, but must penetrate and permeate all your living. That means you are not only to worship while at work, but your work itself must be worship; you are not to go from play to prayer or from prayer to play, but your play itself must be a form of prayer; you are to sleep, and sleep soundly, but all the while your heart is to be watching; and when you are awake, you are to be wide awake to the God you are adoring with your entire being.
If that strikes you in any way as exaggerated, you have never known yourself or your God. Religion is no mere philosophy of life, no mere way of life, and not simply an accessory to living. Religion is life, or it is not religion; and life is religious, or it is a mere sham. Paul told you as much when he said, “Whether, then, you eat or drink, or do anything else, do everything for God’s glory.”
- From "The Spiritual Secrets of a Trappist Monk"