Gratitude turns what we have into enough. ~Author Unknown
“I tend to get lost in the details of a large-family life when I’m right in the midst of it. It takes a certain fortitude, after all, to look at a pile of dishes and see it as the makings of a cathedral. The daily mundane is holy ground because the ordinary tasks of a monotonous Monday are where we meet our Maker,” says Sarah Mackenzie, author of Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace. Isn’t this true of us all?
Homeschoolers or not, don’t we all get lost in the daily mundane and forget that this is truly where we meet our Maker? We get lost in the daily tasks that we’d just as soon forget (dishes, laundry, cleaning up messes, handling sibling arguments, etc.) and we forget that even in those tasks we are doing something bigger. Sarah tells us in her book that many of the medieval cathedral builders never saw their work completed as the cathedrals would take over a hundred years (more than a lifetime) to complete. Yet, the builders devoted their lives to this work- giving glory to God.
We look at the cathedral today and it is not at all mundane. But think of that builder who lugged stone after stone after stone, never seeing the beautiful work that we see in front of us today. They gave it their all. Mundane stone after stone. Mundane day after mundane day.
We too are giving our work to God. Everything we do is work that God sees – even if it’s not a medieval cathedral to worship Him in. Isn’t our home a mini-cathedral? Isn’t that where we encounter Him each and every day? Should we not be grateful for each and every encounter, even in the mundane? For even in washing those dishes, we are serving Him. Even in making that bed, we are serving Him. Even in picking up those dirty socks, we are serving Him.
Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me. ~ Matthew 25:40
For even in the mundane tasks we do that serve our family members, we serve Him. Shouldn’t then, we be giving it our all? Doing our best? And giving thanks at the same time? Thanks for the ability to do the work. Thanks for God allowing us this time on earth to do it? Thanks for giving us others to serve so that in doing so, we are able to serve Him? Thanks for knowing that it really does make a difference, no matter how menial or small it seems to us at the time.
What are some tasks you find to be mundane, but upon further reflection, can find some reason to give thanks? Reason for gratitude?
” For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” G. K Chesteron (Orthodoxy)
My 3 living children – lovely gifts of God.
Mashed potatoes – comfort food.
A child observing, “It’s a lovely day!”, despite the grey clouds overhead. Children see beauty when some of us can not.
Four white tails leaping away through the yard and into the woods – thankful to the brief glimpse of their presence and reminder of the creatures surrounding our home.
Wow. Just Wow. Oh, and yumminess!
What is on Your Gratitude List This Week?
Have you started your gratitude journal? If you have missed previous posts about the challenge, start here!