For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10 NIV)
“Let me give you a tour of my house that was spotless a mere 36 hours ago,” begins my Snapchat video to my sister-in-law. It goes on to reveal dishes in the sink, random kid artwork strewn about the kitchen, the ever-present pile of “very important things I must get to and not forget” on the corner of the kitchen counter, laundry baskets waiting for someone to care that they are full, and toys flung hastily around the living room. Not pictured are the three to-do lists tucked away in my planner (because you’ll never convince me that an electronic calendar is better than a paper one, mmmkay?).
Let’s be honest: As adults, much of our time is spent repeating many of the same tasks day-in and day-out. We do laundry, only to find more waiting the next day. We open our inboxes to emails that never end. We wonder how we will deal with the same difficult coworkers in our weekly staff meetings. We plan and cook meals, wash kids and read books, clean the kitchen and begin all over again at the sound of our alarm the next morning.
Do you know what I think we run the risk of falling into because of this? We risk our souls believing that our life is, for the most part, mundane and ordinary. That these routine days are low-impact and that we are just shuffling through life until we have the time to do something “big”. At least that’s the thinking that I often fall prey to. Maybe you can relate as well.
God sees things a bit differently, though (thank goodness!). The Bible says that “…we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Maybe, like me, you’ve read this verse before and thought that “good works” must only mean volunteering or selling all of your possessions and moving to another country as a missionary. Oh it certainly does include these things, but it also includes whatever God has given us to do this day, this moment in our roles as wives, moms, friends, coworkers, students, and so on. In Christ, even our mundane moments have incredible value and potential in light of eternity.
What a wonderful way to shift our paradigm from thinking about our to-do lists as things that document the busyness of our lives to opportunities to do “good works” for the advancement of the Kingdom.
All of the snacks you get for all of the people all day long? A chance to show God’s love.
The endless cycle of emails to reply to? An opportunity to show His grace and excellence.
The interactions with the difficult coworker? A time to pause and pray for them.
Taking customer complaints? A chance to show compassion.
Whatever seemingly little, ordinary moments fill our days, I pray this week that we can reframe them in light of eternity. May we give thanks that we are not bored, but that we have God-given tasks to fill our time. May we know the God who has prepared these good works for us to walk in. May we look at our day and eagerly anticipate what He will do as we faithfully get on with doing the next good work. And may we do them in such a way that advances His kingdom, makes Him greater and us less, and that shows His love to a hurting world. Love to you, friends.