Sometimes I live my life without giving any thought to Jesus. I run my errands, do my dishes, exercise, cook dinner, hang out with a friend, dress my kids, and clean the bathroom without ever asking or thinking about what God wants me to learn or how my attitude should be or what God has revealed about himself that should directly affect the way in which I do my work. Do you do this?
I forget that God did not just plop me down in Illinois and give me a family to keep me busy until it is time for me to meet my Maker. Our lives are not a series of meaningless experiences dotted with a fun times and hardships. Every single second of my life is to be used to bring about his glory and my godliness. Every occasion gives me opportunities to remember the things I have learned, to learn new things about God, to exercise my faith, and to be thankful at all times. As I take the time to slow down and meditate on all this I am seeing God freshly in a few different places.
The Monotonous Things
Life is mostly filled with monotony--things we do over and over again. Wake up, get dressed, eat, grocery shop, clean, get gas, go to work, brush our teeth, check our emails, talk to friends, etc. If God does not waste anything that he places in our lives how should these things affect us and change us? My attitude comes to mind right away. I will be honest that my attitude towards the brainless tasks in my life could use some work. Over and over again I have the opportunity to learn to see the value in common things, to be faithful in the work God has given me for this day, and to be thankful that I am capable of living life. The monotonous task is where thankfulness is to be practised and patience is to grow and joyfulness is to be exercised.
The Hard Things
It’s not an accident when life throws us a curveball or when difficulties come our way. Such things have been placed there by the providence and kindness of God. Yes, his kindness. He knows how hot of a fire we need to go through in order to melt away our impurities and have us shine like pure gold. Dark and unsettling days test the truths we say we believe. Is God really with me? Is he truly God? Does he know better? Are trials truly a blessing? Do I really believe his promises and know his character? The hard things move us to seek and hold fast to the God who is there.
The Joyful Things
It’s easiest to be thankful when everything is hunky-dory-dandy, but you know what the hardest part is for me? Remembering to be thankful. Do my thoughts go straight to God when I find the weather just perfect, when my kids show kindness to each other, when my fridge is filled with groceries, or when we get to go out as a family? Do I contemplate the fact that as happy as I am now heaven will bring with it exceedingly more joy? Do I think about the truth that God likes to give his children good things? Do I remember the truth that I deserve none of it?
Most of our growth in godliness does not take place in the extraordinary moments in life, but in the everyday joys, hardships, and mundane tasks. I know that I have the ability for remarkable growth if I will just learn to think more intentionally about what God is or might be doing in and around me. I'm trying to keep this in mind throughout this week.