Ordinary on Purpose

I am so grateful for the little bit of buzz that my tribute to Mrs. Blackburn received. Tim Challies linked to it and AnEverydayMama.com crashed yesterday morning because of it. Tim’s response: “I don’t apologize!” Well, I don’t want him to and I’m grateful to him for resonating with my feelings about the value of ordinary faithfulness. (And, I’m grateful now to have unlimited bandwidth!) Today, borrowing from Tim’s “A La Carte” blogging style, here are some great reminders of the value of being faithful in the small — hopefully, you’ll get some needed encouragement here to press on and be faithful in delighting in God (and helping others to as well!) when your “mission” is “just” mundane.

Tim Challies’ On Doing Ordinary Things

To prove that I’m not the least bit frustrated with Tim, yet another link to his blog. This post extols the value of our “everydayness” in a practical theological way. If you feel like your “post” is bleak today — or at best, just “ho hum” — find some encouragement that you’re in good, ordinary company.

Do The Next (Everyday, Ordinary) Thing

If you don’t know about Elisabeth Elliot’s simple mantra of “Do the next thing” you need to discover it. Elisabeth’s faithfulness to simply do the next simple thing in life has had an extraordinary impact on our ordinary, simple family. Read this transcript from her classic broadcast and find everyday hope like this:

“Do the next thing. Don’t sit down and think of all the things you have to do. That will kill you. It’s overwhelming. It’s daunting if you think of all the things that are involved in a task. Just pick up the next thing.”

Do Everything

Wes downloaded Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Do Everything” last week for the family. It’s become our new theme song. I love the lyrics like this . . .

Well let me remind you, it all matters just as long
As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you, 
Cause he made you,
To do
Every little thing that you do 
To bring a smile to His face
Tell the story of grace

We’re all being reminded that little stuff matters — picking up socks and blocks can bring a smile to His face. Ok, I’m jumping back to the next thing I need to do. You likely need to scoot too. As we go, let’s remember what Paul said in Colossians 3:

23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

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