"Somehow, I keep expecting loud and impressive events to convince me and others of God's saving power, but over and over again, I am reminded that spectacles, power plays and events are the way of the world. Our temptation is to be distracted by them. When I have no eyes for the sweet signs of God's presence - the smile of a baby, the carefree play of children, the words of encouragement and gestures of love offered by friends, I will always remain tempted to despair. The small children of Bethlehem, the unknown young man of Nazareth, the rejected preacher, the naked man on the cross, he asks for my full attention."
Sometimes, living day to day as a mum, or I'm sure, commuting daily to a job in the city, it might seem as though what we are doing has no relevance, no significance beyond the everyday. There's a song in the Christian charts* at the moment that goes something like:
"You're picking up toys on the living room floor for the fifteenth time today,
Matching up socks,
Sweeping up lost cheerios that got away,
You put a baby on your hip,
Color on your lips and head out the door,
While I may not know you,
I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes, does it matter at all?"
It's about the everyday, the humdrum, the things that might grind us down if we let them. But the writer encourages us, "to do everything we do to the glory of the one who made you, 'cos he made you"....
If we do our best, who can do more? And we can do our best if we have the long view in mind. It all adds up. Every time I can be a bit more patient with my family, a bit more thoughtful towards my friends, spend a bit more time praying for them, it all counts. It's the little things that add up to a bigger picture. And God, who created the universe, the stars, the planets, all life...he's interested in the little things that I do, but most of all, my attitude while I do them.
*"Do everything" by Steve Curtis Chapman