Finding Glory in the Grind

I have to admit I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I am drawn to challenges and seek out big payoffs. I am a recovering Type-A personality. As a ministry leader, I am energized by mountaintop experiences. I love embarking on new programs and initiatives. Life should always be that energizing. Well, it isn’t. Much of my job would be considered mundane and routine — preparing for meetings, paperwork, answering too many emails and other numerous administrative duties – necessary functions in ministry but with little feedback or immediate gratification. At home, I have what seems like an endless list of household duties and chores, errands and running a taxi service for teens.

Much of what I do in my family and ministry life is, indeed, routine and repetitive. I sometimes struggle with finding contentment in the daily grind of life. It is undeniable I am like a moth drawn to the light when it comes to mountaintop experiences, which tend to be electrifying and exciting; but do I have that same enthusiasm and attraction to the mundane times of the day? There tend to be many more mundane-top experiences than mountaintop experiences in most of our lives.

So, what do we do during the daily grind? Have we learned to appreciate it, to thank God for those times as much as we praise Him for adventurous, exhilarating times? We are to be reminded God calls us to serve wholly in times that are exciting and fast paced, as well as those that are slow, trusting in Him from mountaintops to plateaus in life. God calls us to serve him in the ordinary and insignificant times as well. “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” (Col 3:23). Whatever that duty or job may be, do it with excellence as for God. With a mindset focused on Christ and not on the monotony of tasks set before us, we can find glory in the grind. We need to take our eyes off the stack of papers on our desks needing attention or the kitchen floor that beckons to be cleaned and put our attention on God, finding our worth in Him and not in what we do or in what we are involved, by solely concentrating on Him and what He did for us.

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