Monday, February 5, 2018

Monday's Quote: Does God Care About our Boring Days?

An ordinary school day.

Life is usually made up of many ordinary moments with just a few exciting ones sprinkled throughout it.  As people, maybe more so as Americans, we think life should be full of exciting moments with a few boring parts interspersed in it.  Our spiritual lives, especially, we think should be full of mountain top experiences and maybe a few valleys, and that's it.  Otherwise, we're not doing something correctly, right?  What if we're wrong?  As Tish Harrison Warren says in Liturgy of the Ordinary:  Sacred Practices in Everyday Life:
We tend to want a Christian life with the dull bits cut out. 
Yet God made us to spend our days in rest, work, and play, taking care of our bodies, our families, our neighborhoods, our homes.  What if all these boring parts matter to God?  What if days passed in ways that feel small and insignificant to us are weighty with meaning and part of the abundant life that God has for us? 
When I think about my children's growth, usually it's indiscernible:  they grow just a teeny bit every day, and it's immeasurable.  But when I look at their growth over several years, well, there's a huge difference from where they were to where they are now.  I think our spiritual growth is like that.

Honestly, I have to admit that I appreciate a relatively boring life.  I appreciate a husband who comes home from work every evening, and I appreciate my days going on as they have in the past.  But maybe that's because I tend to think that "exciting" is bad:  a broken leg, a car crash, even a gallon of milk spilled all over the kitchen.  But in that "boring-ness," there is tremendous potential for growth -- if we're patient.

What do you think about this?  Do you enjoy a boring life?  Or do you crave excitement?

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