Some days are heavy with the unexpected and emotional. Even straightforward tasks seem topsy turvy. Our hearts are broken by the big things – terminal illness, betrayals, and deaths. But we are also taxed by all the little things – the teething babe, the repairman that must be called (again), the unexpected bill, the sleepless night.

And so we yearn: “if only” we had long stretches of quiet or “if only” we could have a better job or home or situation, we could finally get down to the business of becoming holy and spiritual.

But perhaps, God is trying very patiently to teach us, in this schoolroom of life.

He is gently calling us to patience through the circumstances that have gone awry.

He is gently calling us to trust through the heartaches of our lives.

He is gently calling us to obey through the mundane tasks of our lives.

He has not promised us the “if only” but rather given us today:

This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24

After all, God did not call his son to live a life on earth of great pomp and circumstance – but rather a humble, beautiful, and holy life. He endured long days, heartaches, and temptations and leaves us a path to follow:

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. ~ 1 Peter 2:21

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children ~ Ephesians 5:1

It is here in this very moment, that God calls us to be holy. He does not expect us to work miracles, but rather to do our best with what He has placed within our hands.

 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.  ~ Colossians 3:23-24

May we each see that however humble the task is, it becomes beautiful when done in the name of Christ.

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