Jessica Clark, posted a funny status the other day, as she often does.
Her post read, “On Judgment Day, if all those tracts are right and they roll a video of my life to be weighed, they’ll just need to fast-forward through like 30 years of me just washing the dishes.”
I laughed at this and then it got me thinking. I know Jessica and the countless hours she spends pouring into her large family. I also know the countless hours she spends pouring her life out for God and ministering to his people. She has seen major trials in her life, she has experienced great pain. Her faith is inspiring.
In the midst of my laughing, the bigger point that she was trying to make struck me. How often do I only pay attention to the highlight reel of my life or others lives? Is that what God is going to do?
Will he fast forward through all the seemingly mundane parts of my life or will He care more about those parts than the “big” stuff? Will He say, “look there, where you were changing your 30,001 dirty diaper and you were loving me and loving your kids, I’m so proud of you for that.”
God isn’t looking for us to just do the big stuff well, He wants our heart in ALL the stuff. In some respects this sends chills up my spine. I’ll be real honest, I don’t always behave the best or have the best heart response in the mundane things. Yeah, sometimes in my heart I complain, or groan, or wonder when I’m going to do the stuff that matters.
It matters. The things that seem insignificant can change history.
That little boy you smiled at while taking the disgusting frog he found just for you, he’s going to grow up and be a world changer. Your love, kindness, and nurturing will give him the strength to be whoever and whatever he is supposed to be.
That little girl whom you speak strength and life and confidence into every day is going to be a world changer. She may seem sensitive, or too strong now, but one day she will be unstoppable, unshakeable, and it just might be because you told her who she was.
Your husband, whom you purpose to love and honor and respect and who you send out the door with a smile and a kiss, he’s going out to slay dragons and he will “be known in the city gates.” Prov 31:23
That floor that you spend hours sweeping, mopping, and picking toys off of-that floor is where the beautiful feet of the gospel tread in your home.
There’s nothing insignificant happening in your life or in my life. There’s only so much time that we have on this earth. It’s a fight to set your mind above and gain a bigger perspective than what you can see right in front of you at the moment.
Dishes seem unimportant. Laundry seems unimportant. Diapers are just gross.
But I’ve been wondering lately, what if…
What if this, this seemingly mundane work, is the absolute perfect training ground?
What if this is exactly how God wanted me to spend this time?
What if He is transforming me through this?
What if these activities are His prescription for the expanding of my heart?
It makes me think of David. He became a great King, called “one after God’s own heart”. Sure he had his problems but overall he is remembered as a great warrior, worshipper, and leader. In his youth how did he prepare for this?
He raised sheep.
He spent hours upon hours leading sheep out to pasture and watching them eat. I’m sure this didn’t seem like glorious work at the time.
Or what about Joseph? He not only saved his own people but a whole nation from a famine that would’ve wiped them out. He was the second in command of one of the most powerful nations.
How was he prepared for this work?
He was thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, wrongly accused and imprisoned for years. I bet, even though he had faith, those years in prison didn’t feel glorious.
We like to hear about the glory, about the good stuff. Rarely do we hear about the story behind the glory. We like to watch Olympic athletes excel at their sport, but we wouldn’t want to watch the hundreds of hours of training that it took for them to get there. We wouldn’t want to watch them fall over and over again.
We want the good stuff. We might even start to think that it should all be good stuff. We might forget what it took for that athlete to become skilled.
It took sacrifice.
It took hard work.
It took years.
It took pain.
You and I might fall many times over and that’s okay. Even as I’m writing this about taking joy in the mundane, I am being interrupted by one child after another and I’m finding my heart getting irritated. But I’m a big girl and I can take charge of my thoughts, feelings, and emotions. So can you.
We can get ourselves back up and back in the race that is set before us. Take courage today that your dreams are still alive and trust that every twist and turn in your life is going to “work out for your good.” Rom 8:28
Trust that perhaps, though you had visions of much bigger things, where you are is the training ground. Trust that God is with you on this journey, shaping you, molding you, refining you. This is the work. This is preparation. Don’t lose heart.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3