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What is God’s will for my life?
This is a question many of us ask ourselves. Many of us probably ask this multiple times throughout our lives. Each season of our lives brings about a new change that probes this question. Without some intentional seeking and connecting with God this question can haunt us for many years, leaving us feeling confused and frustrated.
I wanted to share this with you all today, as the topic of gratitude has been on my mind recently. We tend to think of God’s will for our lives as these big “pie in the sky” ideas. Becoming some well-known personality that is doing big things in the world. I do believe we are all here for a specific purpose, each with specific and unique gifts to share with the world. But I also believe that sometimes God’s will for our lives is something simpler. Something less profound, but no less important.
I believes God’s will for our lives can be found in the small everyday tasks we do as part of a routine.
These are the things we do on a daily basis and don’t even think twice about. As a matter of fact, they are things that we probably get frustrated with. Making supper and providing sustenance for your kids after a long day at school. Organizing that filing cabinet at work. Washing your husband’s work clothes. Yes, these are things that we all have to do to function on a daily basis, but if we did not do these things there could be fairly significant consequences.
Your children need that meal at supper time to help refuel their little minds and bodies. If they didn’t have this, they could not grow into the amazing human beings that God created them to be. If you didn’t organize that filing cabinet at work, then you or someone else could spend hours trying to find whatever documentation you need at that time. This is precious time you could be spending on more important work-tasks, or time that you could be spending at home with your family if you just didn’t have to hunt for all of the necessary paperwork. And your dear husband, those dirty old work clothes laying on the floor. Washing, drying, folding, and putting away his laundry is mundane and repetitious. But those dirty old work clothes are evidence of a hard days work. Signs of his relentless pursuit to provide for your family.
These things seem small, but they lead to the bigger things God has planned for you.
Sometimes we get so focused on the great big things we are trying to accomplish that we forget to notice the small things along the way. This includes the small everyday, yet important tasks, God wills us to do. We need to take a step back and recognize the small ways we contribute to the world and to other’s lives. That’s not to say we should lose our focus or motivation to chase those big dreams we have and pursue God’s purpose, but do not think our daily to-do’s don’t fit into His will for our lives. Be grateful for these tasks, as they provide a way for you to serve God. Sometimes all it takes is a slight shift in perspective for us to realize how much we are contributing. So keep at it folks, even the small stuff counts!