Wednesday, February 18, 2009

THE MUNDANE MATTERS IN REDEEMING THE TIME













"The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul." "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:19a&12

Life is full of the ordinary. Get up, get dressed, go to work, eat dinner, play with the kids, pray with the kids, go to bed, and get up and do it all over again. Wives and mothers could say the same. Then there are the weekends. Mow the lawn, clean the garage, take the kids to the park, go to Sunday school, go to church, take a nap, go back to church, and start the whole week over again.

Some have said to me things like this. "We have the social life of the three bears. If life is like a vapor, how come I've been in this rut for 100 years? If I wasn't so exhausted, I'd be bored to death." A song writer put it this way - "Is that all there is my friends?"

We have all been in the valley of dry bones where the mundane work of life becomes a mountain of misery. Please allow me to make application of the above verse in our effort to transform mundane to miraculous.

Tonight before bed or early tomorrow morning, take a few minutes and clarify in your mind the scriptural roles God has given you and then identify the resulting responsibilities. List them on a sheet of paper. Now clarify how long you have been at these tasks and consider how many of them you are doing faithfully day in and day out. Now ask yourself, who gave you the desire to be faithful at these mundane tasks? Of course, God did! We should all strive to grow and bear more fruit but careful examination will reveal that most are accomplishing more in the ordinary than they ever realized.

Don't make yourself sick (hope deferred), rather focus on all you accomplish each day that fulfills the purposes of God in your life (desire accomplished). As you review your list, it will be sweet to your soul (mind, will, emotion), and a tree of life to encourage you. You will find that all those mundane things were done by God's grace, for God's glory, and that your faithfulness pleases Him!

Today, the tasks you face seem ordinary, but He is a rewarder of people who demonstrate faith by being faithful day after day. As you labor today, hear with ears of faith, those words "....well done, thou good and faithful servant: Thou hast been faithful over a few (mundane) things, I will make thee ruler over many things (reward): Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." (Matthew 25:21).

Now isn't that thought sweet to your soul and a tree of life for your day? Believe it or not in the picture you'll see I am still helping a grandchild (grown one) do their school work after all these years. Mundane, yes. Is it by His grace and for His glory? Yes. Does that make it sweet? Yes. I think I will go empty the trash while you do the dishes.
PB & J

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this perspective on the ordinary tasks of daily life.

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