Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Do you ever feel like you do the same old things day after day? For me, those things that fall in the monotonous category are: reloading and unloading the dishwasher, washing, folding and putting away the same old clothes, making dinner, cleaning up from dinner, changing diapers, wiping noses, helping with schoolwork...... Do you ever feel like what you are doing seems so small and unimportant? I know I can feel that way. Lately, God has been reminding me that these little things are just as important as the things we, in our human-ness, might consider 'bigger'. I have been reminded through things I've read or conversations I've had that God uses these small things to prepare us for bigger things. It is our training ground. It is where we are shaped and where we grow. The Lord wants us to have joy and a servant's heart while we pack lunchboxes and fold our husband's clothes. He wants us to have a spirit of gratitude while we clean toilets. Ultimately, doing these small things 'well' can collectively result in a large thing. For example, pouring into our child's life daily--in all little matters and details--can result in our child growing into the person that God can use mightily for His glory).

As I do these menial tasks, I am reminded that life is a marathon not a sprint. It's one foot in front of the other. It's bit by bit. It's small steps. I am reminded to do the small things well. It all counts and it all matters. "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it ALL to the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31

  • O restless heart--beating against the prison bars of your circumstances and longing for a wider realm of usefulness--allow God to direct all your days. Patience and trust, even in the midst of the monotony of your daily routine, will be the best preparation to courageously handle the stress and strain of a greater opportunity, which God may someday send. --Streams of the Desert

  • "Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else."--Chuck Noll--

No comments: