I was 2 years into parenting, and life was stretching in front of me like one massive laundry pile after another.
Gone was the glory of the Christian walk that I’d dreamed of while in Bible college – back when I’d had hours to study and contemplate all the beautiful and exciting ways God’s plan was going to unfold in my life.
There was no glory.
There was no excitement.
There was just a very challenging toddler, a newborn, and a husband who was working feverishly just to provide enough for us to scrape out an existence.
And there was the nagging fear that maybe I’d missed God’s will for my life – that if I’d ‘caught’ it, I’d be off making glorious differences in God’s work because obviously I was made for more then dishes, laundry, and toddler tantrums.
And there was the discouragement and depression that comes every time I start giving into fear and forget to notice God’s working hand.
But then came the pivotal phone call with my older sister – that got my head screwed back on, and the quote she gave me that has become the motto of my every day.
It was an encouraging call – as they always are when I take the time to call the godly woman who I get to call my older sister, but at the end of it, she offered to send me a quote by Elisabeth Elliot.
I agreed – having been blessed by a couple of Elisabeth Elliot’s books – though doubting someone who had actually gotten to do awesome things in God’s work could ‘get’ my menial existence.
But I found in the quote – a life outlook that I needed desperately to adopt. It was one of trust, and it was one of seeing God’s hand at work in every. single. task.
“This job has been given to me to do.
Therefore, it is a gift.
Therefore, it is a privilege.
Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God.
Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him.
Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way.
In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.”
I printed the quote, capitalized the words I wanted to think about, framed it, and have read it multiple times a week since.
I have many framed Bible verses around my home, but this is the only human quote, and it sits front and center above my sink because I seem to need this reminder often.
(In the summer it usually has dandelions next to it, but as you can see, my kids have upgraded to chives this year.)
My life is still filled with the menial, but this life outlook has helped me to recognize that every time I’m sweeping the floor, I’m fulfilling a task God has called me to do – to exemplify a content attitude and create a calm home for my children to grow.
When I fold the 97th load of laundry this year, I recognize that it is a gift to be able to do whatever God has for me – exciting or not-so-exciting and to teach my littles how to fold wash clothes, pants , (and two of them can now fold shirts!).
And when I start seeing past the temporal exterior that enshrouds every task, I start to be overwhelmed with the privilege.
That is when I finally start to realize that my uneventful day is an offering I may make to God.
Then the gladness and thankfulness for getting to do a service for Him comes.
Then my heart opens and reaches up to God – eager to learn the lesson of the way that He is teaching me.
Then, slowly, I can strive for faithfulness.