Almost a decade ago I walked into the bookstore at Biola University and saw a poster for a band named "EveryDayLife." I was struck by this name and the implications it could have for high school students who desired to follow Jesus on a daily basis. This was the era when Church youth groups had to have a name!
So I went back to my staff in our High School Ministry at Calvary Church and pitched the idea that we change the name of our Youth Group to EveryDayLife. I explained that our goal with the students we served was to get them to see that Jesus and the Gospel was important, relevant and necessary not just for their lives at youth group, but in each part of their lives in every day of their lives. As Colossians 3 says, "Whatever you do, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ...."
Our staff was on board, so we officially changed the name of our High School Group to EveryDayLife, "EDL" for short. Ever since that name change, I have never been able to say the term "every day life" and not think about what our mission was back then (and still is today).
This mission is still a great challenge to me today. Do I invite God to be part of my vacations and off days and free time in the same way I do when I work or worship at Church? Is Christ the Lord of my family time and my TV time and errand running time in the same way that I want Him to be of my ministry time? These are convicting and encouraging questions for me to ask myself.
Along those lines, I came across this great article today I invite you to read, "The Preeminence of Jesus in Everyday Life."
May Jesus be central in your every day life today!