There have been days when I awake with the dreaded feeling of not wanting to wash another dish, change another diaper or do another load of laundry . As I peel myself out of the bed, I can’t help but to think there has to more.
Why is it so difficult to enjoy our everyday life at home? Ordinary has been treated like the outcast for so long. Chasing after the next “big thrill” causes us to ignore the blessings behind our normal.
I love what Oswald Chambers had to say about this:
We are not meant to be seen as God’s perfect, bright-shining examples, but to be seen as the everyday essence of ordinary life exhibiting the miracle of His grace. Drudgery is the test of genuine character. The greatest hindrance in our spiritual life is that we will only look for big things to do. Yet, “Jesus…took a towel and…began to wash the disciples’ feet…” (John 13:3-5).
We all have those times when there are no flashes of light and no apparent thrill to life, where we experience nothing but the daily routine with its common everyday tasks. The routine of life is actually God’s way of saving us between our times of great inspiration which come from Him. Don’t always expect God to give you His thrilling moments, but learn to live in those common times of the drudgery of life by the power of God.
Yes I know, just thinking about your never ending to do list is overwhelming.
But trying to avoid the everyday duties that seem drab and draining can also distract us from the opportunity to grow in character and honor God in our service to our family.
Our common work can actually become an extraordinary experience.
There is one surefire way we can welcome the mundane. Gratitude.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 encourages us to give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Taking time to reflect on the many blessings we have from God can transform our attitude to appreciate our normal. Being thankful for a house to clean, dishes to wash, food to cook, a husband to serve, children to care for, changes our outlook to a more positive one.
Choosing to find joy in our ordinary lives creates the opportunity to glorify God with a servant’s heart.
How are you welcoming the mundane in your life today?