We do not need the grace of God to stand crises; human nature and pride are sufficient, we can face the strain magnificently. But it does require the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours in every day as a saint, to go through drudgery as a disciple, to live an ordinary, unobserved, ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus. It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God; but we have not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, and this is not learned in five minutes.

— Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Hightest

Will I follow Christ when I am angry?

Will I have faith when I feel sorry for myself?

Will I choose kindness and compassion when no one is looking?

Do I treat my husband and child and friends and family with the respect, dignity and love on a day-to-day basis that I say I do?

My life is ordinary. And most days, I have no regrets about that. I spend my days wiping noses and doling out cheerios. I clean bathrooms and make beds, cycling laundry through my washing machine. I make dinner and go to the dry cleaner. I fit in freelance work during naptime. We take walks and talk about dogs and trucks and trees.

Sometimes I am bored. Sometimes I look at my friends on facebook who are physicians and world travelers and near-Olympians and freaking fashion designers and I wonder if my life adds up. If I matter. If what I do everyday is important and valuable.

This quote reminds me my everyday, mundane choices matter and what I do in quiet moments  is valuable. So, with renewed spirit I vow to align my heart with my mind. To take joy in the ordinary, and trust that for every moment that feels wasted, there are 100 others that impact my own life, the life of my child and family and those around me. Even if I never see the harvest of those actions. They still happened. They still matter.


1 Response to “This”

  1. 1 Maureen February 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Amen. Thanks for the reminder 😉

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