Friday, January 10, 2020
Miracles in the Mundane
Romans 12:1 (MSG)
So, here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life - your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around-life - and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Daily routines. Few of us would argue that these aren't a necessary part of life, but many would confess that said routines can become stale and boring in their constant repetition.
Making coffee, showering, dressing, making the bed, breakfast, prayer time, email correspondence, blog reading, Bible reading, gym . . . And that's just my morning!
Then it's errands, checking more email and the news, feeding the birds, filling the water purifier, bathroom sprucing, dusting that room, sweeping another, laundry when needed, dishwasher loaded/unloaded.
And the beat goes on!
Now, your daily routines may look totally different from mine, as we are all unique in our needs, wants and obligations. But I'm willing to go out on a limb in saying that all our must-dos have one adjective in common: Mundane.
Even if we pray and read God's Word in a detached, scheduled framework, it can take all the inspiration and meaning out of what should be a joyful, rejuvenating practice. God forbid that these should ever devolve into ho-hum to-dos!
So, how do we elevate our daily physical chores and spiritual encounters to a God-blessed level?
We place them before Him as an offering.
Giving thanks that we are healthy and able to accomplish what needs doing. Grateful for hot, running water in which to take a shower, wash dishes, do laundry. Thankful for a comfortable home, food in the fridge, a car to allow mobility, finances to afford a gym membership, the freedoms afforded by our amazing country to pursue our religious practices without retribution, and the technological advances that allow us to reach out and communicate with others whom we've never personally met, yet feel so close to because of blog-bonding.
And in it all, treasure each breath we take, each move we make, as a blessing from our Father in heaven.
Let us serve Him with joy, even in the most ordinary of tasks, knowing that it is the best thing we could ever do for Him.
Because there are always, always miracles, awaiting discovery, in the mundane.
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