Thursday, October 23, 2008

In the School of the Ordinary

"It requires the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours of every day as a saint, going through drudgery, and living an ordinary, unnoticed, and ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus. It is ingrained in us that we have to do exceptional things for God- but we do not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people- and this is not learned in five minutes."
My Utmost for His Highest, Oct 21, Oswald Chambers

Sometimes it is very tempting to want to do GREAT things for God but it is in the hidden seasons of life that he does a work in my heart. This is the training ground, the training in self-denial, in death of self and the detoxing of idols. Staying home and wiping bottoms, scrubbing floors, making dinner, this is the stuff of which servants are made of. "He who is greatest among you must be the servant of all." Remember that in God's kingdom everything is a paradox. The weak are strong, the poor are rich, the servant is greatest. So be content to be nothing. Be content to be a servant. "He who is faithful in small things I will put in charge of many things." Be content to be a mommy.

1 comment:

Ann Dunagan said...

Dear Kristi!

I LOVE this post! God's kingdom is such a paradox. It's in dying that we truly live. And we need to surrender and abandon our dreams (and even those "God-dreams" and ideas of things that we want to do "for Him") to step into His.

Being a mommy is such an honor. It's not just "training" for ministry; it is ministry.

I love you!