Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Your Work is not Mundane

 By: Rebekah Hargraves

Photo Courtesy of: Kelly Sikkema

"The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it." ~Genesis 2:15

I share at length on my own personal platforms online how, following a realization I had a couple years ago when I wrote my book on motherhood, I have now completely reframed my thinking about the work I do in my home and for my family. I have come to understand how our day-to-day lives are truly not mundane when viewed in light of eternity. It's not about merely "finding meaning in the mundane", but rather realizing that the work we do truly is not mundane when understood in the context of how it can all advance the kingdom.

But I had a new realization just the other day about all this.

It is not just that the Lord uses our day-to-day tasks of cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, and caring for children, pets, and spouses, to impact His Kingdom for eternity. It’s even more than that.

It’s that those very tasks that we commonly view as being mundane are *the very tasks* that God first created us for!

What was Adam told to do? What was he created to do? Tend the garden. Name the animals. Not climb a corporate ladder, speak to the masses, or become famous. He was told to do the very everyday things we regularly view as being mundane.

It isn’t that it’s necessarily wrong to climb a corporate ladder, be Insta-famous, or become a well-known public speaker. But it’s that those things are not ultimately the point of our lives and purpose. The point is to be faithful to prioritize those “small”, everyday things which are the very things God created us to do.

So, tend that garden. Care for that animal. Love on that family member. That’s what you were created for! Therefore it isn’t mundane.

Feeling as if those tasks are mundane is one thing. We each experience those feelings from time to time. But feelings don’t make it true.

The day-to-day tasks of life are not mundane. They are God-created and God-ordained for you. Live in light of that truth. 💕

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