Lately I’ve been pondering the notion–why am I doing this? What’s this? Anything, all of it, everything. Why post this picture or that comment? Why share this site or that bit of humor? Why write this story? Why wash these dishes? To what end am I doing all these things?
Maybe it’s my midlife crisis. I don’t want a flashy car or a younger man. I want a purpose. Lucky me, I already have one. His name is Jesus. I do it all for Him–or at least I try, lest it sound like I’m sporting a halo.
“Do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you.”
I was thinking about that today as I was driving my daughter to the dentist. It’s easy for me to see how to glorify God through my writing and teaching. But what about the rest of it? Do I drive my kids places to the glory of God? Do the laundry to the glory of God? Vacuum, make dinner, you see where this is going?
Yes, I can and what a blessing! Hold up–doing the laundry, cleaning the house, making dinner is a blessing? Yes, it means God gave me a family. He trusted me to be someone’s (four someones) mother. He paired me with a husband who is also my friend and partner on this ride. It’s so easy to chalk up all the things I spend so much of my day doing as meaningless. What could mean more to me than caring for my family. I glorify God by doing it all with joy–I strive to do it all with joy.
“Life is a journey. I’ve seen joy. I’ve seen regret. You have been my God through all of it.”
Yes, I’m stealing more song lyrics here. (Listen to them both at the end of this post.)
All of it. All of this life, the flashy parts and the parts we pass off as unimportant. It’s all important to God. We are all important to God. He has made each of us for a purpose. He has given us gifts and blessings, trials and tribulations all to lead us to the place He meant for us to be. Our purpose.
Our purpose to glorify Him. Tomorrow is the first day of the new writing classes I’m teaching at a wonderful christian based enrichment center and my novel manuscript is currently being read by an agent I would love to work with. But tonight, tonight I get to relax with my family–dinner eaten and enjoyed, laundry done (mostly), dishes clean, home quitting down.
Thank you, Jesus, for the huge blessings of my ordinary amazing life.
“To God be the Glory, great things He has done!”