Praising God in the good is easy.
Calling out to Him in the trials is needed.
Cherishing God in the mundane is…
A struggle. At least for me sometimes — To see God working in everyday life when you’re rushing to school or work, making your coffee, writing a to-do list, or when you’re just having a “meh” day.
Yes, God calls us to a fulfilling life in Him. I believe this also means being fulfilled in every season.
This isn’t a post about not having dreams, or not achieving the dreams or goals God has given you. Desires are often placed in our hearts by God for his purpose and He will use you for His purpose. This is about choosing to believe the days in between major milestones have meaning.
I think the enemy uses the lie of monotony to have us believe we haven’t yet “arrived”. What better way to have man waste his days than to make him feel they’re pointless until he gets to the good stuff? How exactly are we defining milestones in our life? Is it built on what God says is good and worthy, or are we listening to what the world believes to be valuable?
Are you treating your days as priceless? Are you treating each day for what it is, a gift?
Are you being faithful in the in-between?
It can be a challenge — one I haven’t mastered yet. But there are things that absolutely help. Here are ways I’m able to better cherish Jesus in the mundane:
1. Know God’s character
Personally, the more I know God’s character, the more I fully appreciate the little ways He works in my life. When I know He is good, I see His goodness. Intimately knowing the trinity helps me to see Him in everything. I learn about God’s character most through scripture and devotionals, worship, prayer, and the wisdom of others. The more I talk with Him, the more I trust Him and know Him and I begin to see Him in every detail. His goodness oozes out in every area of our lives when we know Him better.
Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV) But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
2. Make it a habit
I believe the Word of Christ is powerful and so is our obedience. When I read a verse, and I don’t immediately connect with it, I know I’m still nourishing my soul with truth. Maybe that verse will show up somewhere else that week and grab my attention, or maybe it’ll be 5 minutes later. Or, maybe God is using that scripture truth behind the scenes, to grow and benefit me in ways I will never be able to detect because I am human and He is God. I trust that my time with the word, worshiping, or in prayer is time well spent. So, I continue to do these things, out of love and trust for Jesus, even in the mundane, when it doesn’t feel meaningful or even fulfilling. My feelings don’t dictate the power of Jesus (Thank God).
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Tip: Feeling stuck and don’t know what to read? Start with the Gospels, read a few Psalms, or pick up a new devotional.
3. Look for the little (and big) things…Thank God for it all!
James 1:17 (ESV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
This is one of my favorite verses — I used it in my wedding vows to Dill. It reminds me that I have so much I’m thankful for. I can feel my heart bursting with appreciation when I think about it all. So, when things seem mundane, I try to look for everything good in my life. I search for the big things all the way down to the most minuscule detail. I mentally list (or write down a list) the things I’m thankful for: my husband and our marriage, the beautiful sunny weather that day, puppies, nature, my hot coffee, peace, my health, laughter and joy, devotionals, grace, the parking spot I got that morning. Get as specific or abstract as you want! There are endless things to be thankful for.
The church is encouraged (and commanded by Paul several times) to always give thanks to God. We see countless examples from David in the Psalms. It should be part of our every prayer.
Ephesians 5:4 (ESV) Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:17 (ESV) And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Also related — one of my favorite gifts from Dill was a little book called Reasons To Be Happy by Sandy Gingras. I keep it at my desk in my office (since I spend most of my day there), and when things are overwhelming, or when I’m feeling “Blah”, I read a few pages here and there and it brings my attention to the beauty of life around me in the little things.
4. Pray for it
Having a hard time seeing God in the mundane? Ask the Holy Spirit to to reveal something to you every day. Ask God to give you new wisdom or insight when your day feels predictable. Be persistent in praying for a cherished view of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV) So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
When studying, taking a test, or working at your desk, remind yourself that you are working for the Lord. This always resets my priorities. We have the honor to work for Jesus, even when no one else sees it, even when you’re doing something for the 100th time, even when it feels extremely mundane. So, fold that laundry for Jesus, write that essay for Jesus, create that pivot table for Jesus. He is faithful and He sees it all.