Sometimes I feel the need to make my days sound more exciting then they actually are. But really, how can you dress up work, dinner, working another job, and then sleep? It just doesn’t make for a very exciting letter back home. I’ve been thinking about it lately, and of course hearing a few sermons on the subject helps, but the same thing keeps coming up. I mean, I suppose if I read through my journals I could see it coming- God has been speaking it to me repeatedly. (Here’s the dressed up version) On a mountain in Papua New Guinea, walking along the beach in Australia, through my journal on a flight back home. All the same thing “Make every day count.”
But how? How do I make every day, even the boring ones, count? How do I make sure that I am glorifying Him while I drive to work, read a book to some cute little kids, edit some pictures, or hang out with my friends? Do I constantly need to be speaking Jesus’ name? Or giving money to the poor? Or even praying as I walk? Because if that’s the case, I fail daily.
Three weeks ago I was in church, and the pastor gave us 6 reasons why the mundane, boring periods in our life are so significant. If you care to know all 6, leave me a comment, but there was 1 in particular that struck me.
In the mundane we learn loyalty and consistency.
I think this one is especially important for me because the word consistency means unchanging for me. I live for change. I love new people, new places to explore. New hobbies to acquire, new airports to land in. Consistency does not fit well with me- so why is it important? Because our lives are made up of these moments. Every life is a cluster of moments, opportunities and choices. Some are grand and life changing, but most are average and repetitive. If you cannot be trusted to glorify God in the average moments, why would you expect to be given the big, life changing, earth shattering opportunities?
Take heart as you do the same thing today as yesterday. If you are glorifying God, if you are serving others above yourself, if you are holding on to whatever hope you’ve got, keep on going. When you are proven trustworthy with the small, Jesus will sweep in and bless you with big, beautiful blessings. (Matthew 25:14-30)
So tomorrow I will go to work. I will love children that don’t belong to me, I will give more than I can handle, and I will love without reservation. All before serving lunch. Join me?
With Strength that is not my own, Sam
Think about your life.