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The Ministry of The Mundane: Finding God’s Calling In The Repetition of Life

“Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there.” – A.W. Tozer

We all long to make a lasting impact on the world. Whatever your occupation or vocation, we all want to find meaning in the application of our days.

Beth (my wife) loves watching The Cooking Channel during dinner. I’m not much for cooking (unless we’re talking peanut butter and jelly sandwiches), but she’s introduced me to shows I would have never watched on my own. I’ve noticed something in the chef competitions that resonates with my spirit: they all want to be the best chef the world has ever seen!

No, I don’t want to be the best chef in the world; that’s not my point. What resonates with my spirit is the desire to do something worth being remembered. We all want to make a lasting difference that remains beyond our days on earth.

Yet, most of our lives are spent in the mundane repetition, not the highlight reel we see on social media or in Vogue. For dreamers like myself, that can be incredibly frustrating. We want to spend our time making a difference! We want to change the world! We want more than just getting by!

Then the cat litter box needs to be cleaned out…The dishes need to be washed…The boss asks you to do something tedious at work…You need to buy groceries…You need to shower…You have to study…The kids are sick…The car needs repairs…You need to read your favorite writer’s blog (ahem)…

Maybe we’re missing what it means to live a life of impact. What if every daily act – even the mundane – is a spiritual act? 

Is it possible that those conversations at the water cooler with Pam (or Dwight) could be an opportunity to lend a listening ear? When you’re making your routine Starbucks stop before work, what if you offered an encouraging word to the barista? You never know what that person is going through.

EVERY. ACT. IS. MASSIVELY. IMPORTANT.

I grew up as a rabid fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yes, I was born in the 80’s, so I’m an original fan. “Turtles In Time” for Super Nintendo? Check. Raphael? All-time favorite. A memory that still sticks with me from my childhood is a tradition my Dad had on his way home from work. There was a grocery store near our house that actually sold a few Turtles action figures, but mostly groceries (obviously). He would occasionally surprise me with a new action figure and give my sister a bag full of assorted candies. Even as a little kid, I loved knowing that he was thinking about us, even during the mundane routine of everyday life.

I’m sure that he gave me many more expensive gifts over the past three decades, but it’s often the small gestures that say “I was thinking about you just ‘cause” that stick with us the most.

Everything is spiritual (to steal a line from Rob Bell). Every action impacts others. All of your decisions can reflect a heart of faith towards God, or they can reflect a heart of self-reliance.

God is with you during worship on Sunday mornings, but He is just as present at your day job. We may talk with God during our morning devotions, but we are also free to talk with God throughout the entire day. He doesn’t meet us by “visitation hours” only; He lives within every follower of Jesus.

Where are you, right now? What do you find yourself doing? Do you realize that God is with you, even there? Has it dawned on you that this moment is incredibly spiritual and full of potential to impact the world for eternity?

You are no ordinary creature, so why would your time and actions be any different?