Back when I worked at our church, I had the privilege of skimming through a few books for one of our pastors to see if they could be of use in the youth ministry at the time. I haven’t forgotten a paragraph that I read from of them, even though the book title, author, and even context have since escaped me. I found it again today as I was flipping through a verse index card thing I have and wanted to share it with you. This is especially helpful in moments of mundane motherhood…changing one more dirty diaper, cleaning up one more uneaten meal, reading Goodnight Moon for the millionth time (think I’m exaggerating? You’re invited for naptime and bedtime at our house).
Anyway, read this and be encouraged.
“Grasping at spiritual greatness in a critical observed moment was easy because it appealed to my pride. The quiet heroism of small things, the constant surrender to God in unobserved decisions and unimportant matters is far more difficult. Yet those who follow Christ are to do small things with great love and never care about winning the worlds applause.”
I also am in a chapter on the Discipline of Perseverance and this small paragraph is now underlined and I have returned to it a few times in the past few days.
“Faith in the goodness of God in the face of extreme adversity doesn’t just happen. It grows out of a discipline of perseverance in the day-in, day-out grind of everyday life.” -Barbara Hughes in Disciplines of a Godly Woman
Lord, may my everyday, mundane actions lead me toward a deeper understanding and faith in your goodness.