Enduring the Mundane
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Gal. 6:9
Wake up. Take a shower. Make breakfast. Drop kids at school. Go to work. Check to-do list. Answer emails. Respond to text messages. Unload dishwasher. Pick up dry cleaning. Exercise- or not. Do load of laundry. Cook dinner. Collapse on couch. Fall into bed. Repeat all tomorrow.
Let’s admit it. Much of life is lived in the mundane. There is typically little excitement in the day-to-day routine of life. It is easy to grow restless or weary when it is more or less the same thing every day. We wonder if we are doing anything significant for the Lord, if it all really matters or if anyone really cares.
I want to remind you, friend, that walking faithfully with Jesus is significant. The Christian life is called the good fight of faith because it is a worthy fight. Between all of those daily tasks, big, unseen things are happening. You are choosing to trust God. You are believing in His promises. You are submitting your will to His. You are seeking to obey Him. You are convicted of your sin, you repent and you desire to change to look more like Christ. You are enduring in the midst of the mundane.
Not every day is the same thing, of course. Sometimes what you have dreamed for a long time comes to fruition or the Lord answers a long-awaited prayer. Or you just have something fun to look forward to like the celebration of Christmas or a vacation. Yes, some days hold excitement but there are many more days in between where we are putting one foot in front of the other, seeking to remain faithful.
Recently a friend of mine completed his first Ironman Competition. I am truly astounded by anyone who can complete such a test of stamina and strength. When I think of endurance, I think of a long hard battle like an Ironman competition- a true test of perseverance, toughness and pain.
In the Christian life, however, endurance doesn’t always mean persevering through something as grandiose as an Ironman. It also means simply staying the course. It means picking up your cross and daily walking with the Lord. It’s what Eugene Peterson calls a “long obedience in the same direction.”
So we wake up tomorrow and in the midst of our routine, we realize that each day is spiritually significant and the unseen choices we make to follow Jesus really matter. Every choice we make to trust, hope, obey and believe all add up to something. The promise in this verse should encourage us- we “will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.” The harvest marks the end of the growing season and it represents bountiful, overflowing abundance. There is growth along the way in the mundane and the results are the blessings God has in store.