Wednesday, July 10, 2013

take your everyday, ordinary life

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. 

Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. 

Jim's parents are visiting from Missouri and his mom is amazing. She has endless energy and loves to play with the kids, all day long, for days on end. It is really remarkable, the kids absolutely love her and as a result I have had a day for planning curriculum and Jim and I got a date night, and exercise, and today I spent a full day writing. 

It's been a good but busy month, and I have a hard time shifting gears and so when I finally sat down today to write it went nowhere. 

I wrote, and deleted it and wrote and deleted and then thought about searching for a job. 

Instead, this is what I am doing, just what I did before I sat down to write: offering this ordinary life to God. These ordinary words that today went nowhere. This precious wasted time. I sat. I wrote. It  was terrible. I will try again tomorrow.

Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. 
No, God brings it all to you. 
The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
Romans 12, The Message

1 comment:

ali said...

This is great. And something I'm learning as well. Trying again tomorrow, no matter in what, is one of the best things. I'm learning that too. Thanks, like always for writing and sharing.