Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Spiritual but not deep

I've been thinking about my poor blog lately, lamenting the fact that I can't think of one deep thing to say lately. Life has gotten busy, and I've been doing great just to keep my family fed and clothed.

And yet.

And yet this is where my faith meets reality. Or rather where my reality meets my faith.

Do I really believe that keeping my family fed and clothed can be a spiritual act? Can folding my preschooler's T-shirts, paying bills, microwaving leftover pizza, or (gasp) planning a sleepover really "count" as something we do as "unto Him?" (The whole idea of "counting" our "good works" is a subject of an entirely different post! Maybe another day...).

Face it, most of life is not very deep. It's mundane. Boring, repetitive, and uninspiring. Wouldn't it be so much more exciting to travel the globe, doing interesting and important things for God and mankind?

But here it is, in black and white:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
Romans 12:1
I don't know about you, but I'd say getting up in the middle of the night with a four-year-old who's having a bad dream ranks right up there with facing a slab of raw meat an hour before dinnertime on the "living sacrifice" scale. That, and cleaning up barf.

Could this really be worship?

Today while I'm going about my un-deep life - carpooling, going to the orthodontist, helping kids with homework - I'm going to try to keep this in mind. Maybe it will help me to keep a good attitude when I'd rather just be doing something for "me." The reason is found in the previous verse. When I'm doing the mundane, how can I pound it into that thick, selfish head of mine:
For from him and through him and to him are ALL things.
To him be the glory forever!
Romans 11:36


Jamie said...

Great thoughts! Whatever we do, in word or in deed, do it all for Him...right? Thanks for this reminder today. Sometimes I forget that even the "un-deep" things are done 'unto Him'.

Maureen said...

I have often thought this as well. A few years ago I was really struggling with my feelings of unimportance in this great big world. I always felt I was "just a stay at home Mom". But, I now know that my job, cleaning up barf, or teaching my kids about God is probably the MOST important job God could hand out. I often thought that I had to be doing something spiritual, in order to BE spiritual.

I came across many scriptures that helped me.
This is one that I hold close to my heart and it totally transformed my attitude towards my motherly duties

Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord rather than for men. Colossians 3:23

Or: Let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner Corinthians 14:40

And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9

I could go on and on!


Becca~CapturingSimpleJoys said...

Good post and great reminder to us Moms! Thank-you!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this post. I've been a mom for 5 1/2 years now (I also have a 3 1/2 year old and a 2 year old) and for the first time I'm really struggling with this. I really needed to hear this!

Susanne said...

All those little mundane things, when done as unto the Lord, glorify God to your family. I'd say that's pretty deep, too. How many times I've forgotten this in the routine of the everyday. Thanks for the reminder, Katherine!

Unknown said...

Sounded deep to me! I appreciate your thoughts.

Bekah said...

Katherine, thank you for a lovely post:) I am having a difficult time lately with commanding the craziness that is us. Your post and the scriptures you included have shed fresh light on my frustration...thanks for sharing and being transparent:)

Piper Paradise said...

Yes Thank You for sharing!!

mholgate said...

You know, today while I was sharpening pencils for the pencil jar so that my kids can easily find one to do their homework, I found myself thinking some of the exact same thoughts. Not many people would think of sharpening pencils as serving the Lord, but I am blessing my children by doing so!

Maureen, Galatians 6:9 is one of my favorites too!


se7en said...

What a brilliant post - how often my husband asks: "So what did you do today?" and I say "Nothing really." Hahaha - maybe in the worlds eyes, but eternally I sure am storing up treasures in heaven. Really, thanks for the great post.

amy@flexibledreams said...

My recent thought on this topic came when I realized that the relationships I have with my two preschool children are the most important relationships I have with unbelievers. Being Christ to THEM is more vital than anything I ever do.

Unknown said...

I'd say that's pretty!

I know I'm guilty of forgetting that my mundane ordinary life is supposed to be lived in worship. Thanks for the reminder!

Unknown said...

I can relate so much to this post. Thanks for sharing.

Christy. said...

SO good!
Especially because I was up with two of my three kiddos last night and ended up only getting about 3 hours sleep. Thinking that getting up with the kids was an act of worship to Him sure makes it better.

Les & Sweetie Berry said...

Coming home has been one of the hardest things I have ever done, but as I stopped rushing through or avoiding all of what needed to be done and began taking time in areas that show my family in very graspable ways that I am willing to care for them, in non exciting, non paycheck rewarding, most of the time not even appreciated ways, God has whispered that indeed loving them this way is pleasing to Him....and as I learn to love God in a different measure of obedience, for it was HIS idea not mine to come home.....that indeed I find new joy in doing things just because, taking additional time to find that extra special item or recipe, or to warm up a shirt on a cold morning....or have a warm towel ready when someone comes in soaked....God cares for all of my details and I am learning to find beauty in caring for His....and taking time to praise and appreciate him on levels that flew past me before...
deep? absolutely, I think our Father's simplicity in asking us to love others as we love ourselves and to love through him...well, its the deepest question yet on just how to do that for are precious!

Sarah said...

Good reminder!

Groovy Mom said...

Great posts, great comments. Life isn't promised to be excitement around every corner. I agree that those mundane things (and very often the more "quiet" things) bring glory to God. Holding a door open for someone isn't sparkly or exciting, but it is a good and kind deed.

Sometimes those little things just make me smile - knowing the dishes are clean, or laundry is done, "making the home" is a wonderful thing.