laundry baskets are full again
dishes in sink are overflowing again
the counters need wiping again
floors need vacuuming again
children are quarreling again
no one flushed again
phone is ringing again
bills are due again
baby is crying again
it’s morning again
again and again and again
I had to learn to find joy in the mess
Worship in the mundane.
Give thanks in the ugly.
To not be a slave to the house.
To not believe God thought cleaning toilets was all I was good for.
I was so busy looking for something out there — out the window for something better –missing what was right in front of me.
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Begin Contentment in the Now…
“I recognized that by rushing through life, I’d been subtly devaluing those around me and the experiences I was involved in, not appreciating the importance and significance they bring to my life at this very moment, not grasping my responsibility for holding dear and treating well these gifts God has entrusted to me. Instead of embracing the privilege of being a blessing to my husband, my children, my friends, and others, I’d been quietly communicating that I wanted them to change and speed up, to get busy being somebody else, someone who’s more in line with what I want and need, to hurry along to a place where they could make me happier than they currently do. That’s been me. Always looking toward the next moment, the next month, the next event, rarely allowing myself the privilege of fully participating and embracing the happenings that were right before me for that day…” Pricilla Shirer, The Resolution for Women
Has that ever been you?
I know what it’s like to feel your life lost in the “AGAIN.” For years, I allowed discontentment to steal my life — my joy. And this is what I’ve learned.
While you are putting your hands to do the “AGAIN,” fully embrace life right where you are. Even if no one sees how diligently you are working, the sacrifices you are making — work as if God sees.
In the seemingly invaluable, far from extraordinary tasks of diaper changing, wiping crumbs, scrubbing toilets, filing paper work, raking leaves, taking out the trash, studying for a test on topics you will never ever need again, answering phones, handing out bulletins, driving a bus, serving coffee or even helping someone else’s dream come true, do it all to the best of your ability, with joy.
When we are able to fully embrace with joy the season we are in, instead of wishing the kids grown, waiting for the next thing, the next stage, the next season, if this will happen and that will happen then I will be happy — then you are really living.
Even though your life is good, God has put a desire in your heart for greatness. You don’t have to give that desire up. You are on a journey to see it. But be in the present every step of your journey.
It is a wilderness wandering until we make it to our promised land. And I believe our promised land is not so much a place as it is a life — a life of freedom. That no matter where we are in this world — we are free. We are walking in the freedom to be exactly who God designed us to be. That we can find contentment. Joy. Hope. Love. no matter what is happening all around us because our Hope is in the one who never changes.
Find yourself doing the work that is at hand. Do it with joy and give God your best, even while scrubbing toilets.
Focus on honoring God, offering your gifts, skills, talents and abilities to the task at hand, in this moment for His glory. Your faithfulness to Him is proved in the monotony.
“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” (Galatians 6:9 MSG)
The question I had was, “How can I reach the world from home?”
Let me ask you, what can set you apart as a world changer?
This. Be completely available for Jesus. You are the image of God right where you are.
“It’s a balance. A holy equilibrium. A genuine gratitude for what the day brings, all the while maintaining a controlled anticipation for what tomorrow may offer…That longing that wells up within your heart and inevitably begins to control your life, making you slave to what you don’t have instead of fully engaged participant with what you do…Give yourself permission to enjoy fully the things you have, the person you are, and the life you are currently living while continuing to harbor the dreams that keep you growing and stretching into the future.” Pricilla Shirer, The Resolution for Women
When you desire God more, hunger and thirst after Him more, delight in Him with all of your being, until there is nothing you want more than God. When you are able to say with all of your heart, with complete sincerity, “You are my portion, Lord, and you are all I need.” Then you will see, when you least expect it, God will bring the very thing your heart desired into your life.
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