“Find Joy in the Ordinary”
I saw this quote on Pinterest recently, and of course I had to repin it.
It is a beautiful idea, and it is one I will admit to struggling with.
Finding joy in the ordinary…
Finding peace in the everyday…
Living abundantly and wonderstruck right where you are now.
It is hard to do when you see the piles of laundry and dirty dishes, when your boss is yelling at you again, or when you are feeling tired and worn.
It is hard to do when you are rushing to and fro from one activity to another.
It is hard to do when you are depressed or worried or stressed.
So how do you do it? How do you find the joy in the ordinary?
1) Develop a grateful heart
There are so many people around the world who would love to have the things that you have. Learn to be grateful for what the Lord has blessed you with. Start a journal and everyday write down something that you are grateful for. Read Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. Take a picture of what you are thankful for and start an album. Sing the hymn, “Count Your Blessings.”
2) Remember who you are really working for
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”—1 Corinthians 10:31
When you are working on those menial day-to-day tasks, who are you really doing the work for? Are you doing it for yourself? For your family? For your boss? How about God? Are you doing the work for the Lord?
3) Use your “talents”
Remember the parable of the talents from Matthew 25. The master went on a trip and left his servants with a few talents. Two of the servants doubled their talents. They used them and in doing so they made more, but one servant knew that his master was a hard man. He didn’t use his talents and therefore he lost them.
One of the ways that we can find joy in the ordinary is by using the talents that the Lord has given us. When we are using our talents and living our lives on purpose, then joy comes naturally.
4) Be faithful
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.”—Luke 16:10
Going about to the parable about the talents, the two servants who double their talents were faithful. The master knew that he could trust them and so he gave them more to begin with. They were probably the ones who showed up at work every day on time and went above and beyond their job descriptions.