I stood at the kitchen sink, doing the tedious after-meal chores, a daily duty that has been on my to-do-list most of my life. I’ve not always had a great attitude about never-ending required daily chores, the kind of chores that are rarely mentioned on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Linked-in, Twitter, Flickr, and whatever else.
Tedious. Mundane. Routine. Ordinary.
It’s been an ongoing lesson in my life to realize that holy work is found in the simple, often disregarded, seemingly unimportant but-someone-has-to-do-it-kind-of-daily chores. It’s easy to want more in this entitled era and culture. Complaining and demanding has become the usual, which helps to justify my attitude, words, and actions when I do the same. Part of the process of recognizing the holy in the ordinary has come out of practicing the discipline of gratitude, giving thanks for it all, seeing the truth of who and what I take for granted as they really are: undeserved gifts. Sometimes the gift is not appreciated until it’s not present.
And. So. It requires me to evaluate who and what I take for granted, intentionally giving thanks for each one.
The thing is . . . we live differently when the people and things we take for granted are taken away for one reason or another. It’s then, we see who and what we have had, as, if, a veil has been removed. It has happened to me more than once.
There’s a world of people who would be grateful to have running clean water, the choice of what to eat, a kitchen with a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, a sink, a place to eat. And. There’s a world of people who would be grateful to have the ability to share it all, serving family, friends, anyone and everyone. These are those who would not take any of it for granted as I often do.
It all goes back to the basics of gratitude. It’s clearly stated in 1 Thessalonians 5:18:
Give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. (This is God’s will for all of you in Jesus the Anointed.)
Once again ,as I’m standing at my kitchen sink, I realize I’m blessed in the holy work of it all.
Thank You, God, for giving me what I need to use in the holy work you have assigned me to do this day.
Holy work matters–Kerrie
Would you consider praying big for The Red Door Community Church and asking others to pray big. We launch on 9.13.15 and would love you to set your phone/alarm at 9:13 AM & PM as a reminder to pray specifically
for God’s favor,
for a place,
for people to boldly join us in this adventure,
for The Red Door Community Church to make a difference in the community, giving thanks.
We will be sending The Red Door Prayer and Information Publication. We are praying for many individuals to stand with us.