“We were meant to find God in every aspect of our lives, not just at church, or in books, or christian music. We can, of course, find Him in these things, but He wants us to find Him in everything.” Gospel Realities – Chapter 17:New You = New Goal
What if I told you that there was a way to have everyday become an adventure with God? What if you could go from waking up everyday just trying to plan your day, go to work, take care of your responsibilities, and hope for some rest or a good time during your time off, to walking in joy and fellowship with the Creator of the universe? It really is possible, and no it doesn’t require hardcore drugs to experience this. It requires something so much simpler, and the key ingredient in doing so is perspective.
I am not going to tell you the secret to this is seeing the glass half-way full either. That would be thinking way too small. What I am telling you is that if you could have the perspective of God about everything that you do such as going to work, or even watching t.v. could be an an experience of joy, growth, and fulfillment. Now there is no overnight trick in attaining this because what I am opening the door for you to enjoy today is actually an eternal journey. It can start right here and right now.
Here is the crazy thing. God cares about everything you do. He cares about your laundry, He cares about your plan to clean your garage, and He definitely cares about the excuses we have to allow certain sins in our life. You know why? It’s because He cares about You. So in every dimension of your life God wants you to experience joy. That’s why He hates sin, because He created you for joy, and sin is a temporary placebo for joy that prevents you from experiencing the soul-searching – life transforming joy He created you for.
He actually gave us a softball when it comes to this. He created you in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), which means you already have all the necessary framework for this type of joy. You will need more than that though. The thing about being made in His image is that you never experience the fullness of that creational gift apart from an intimate relationship with Him. Apart from a relationship with God through Christ, you are a vessel that either runs on empty, or your filled with something that will never give you joy like a river that God so exuberantly wants you to have.
If you can learn to invite God into every area of your life then you can have this joy. That means letting go of the soul-screaming desire to control everything, then God will come in and fill whatever area of your heart that you were holding onto with joy. That also means that doing laundry, going to work, and even watching t.v., all everyday activities for most of us, can be transformed into joyfully serving your family, bringing order to a fallen world while being salt and light, and enjoying the pleasure of being caught up in the story of someone’s life.
It’s incredible what amazing profundity of a seemingly mundane day you can find when you shine a light on it. Take those three activities I just mentioned. If you serve your family, you are taking on the form of a servant like Christ did (Philippians 2:7), you are bringing order and structure to a world that was made to be cultivated and stewarded over (Gen 1:26, Matthew 5:13-16), and you are finding pleasure in the story of someone’s life, and it just so happens that Christ writes those stories as the “author and perfector of faith (Hebrews 12:2).’ So it seems that God has called us to be a part of what Christ does, and doing that with God instead of against or merely for Him, is the key to gaining perspective on whatever you encounter in your day. So when you wake up tomorrow, invite Christ into those guarded areas of your heart so you can share your day with Him, because He already planned it out for you. (Psalm 139:16)
I understand that the accumulation of days filled with monotonous tasks overtime can make you want to scream or can even make you question what the point of it all is. Some people even take it as a sign that there really is no purpose to life at all, and choose to opt out of it early. Maybe what we need is not a new way to spend our days, but a new perspective. Maybe what we need is not an escape from our everyday tasks to find joy, but to find our joy in Him through them. I have a sneaking suspicion, that even laundry, has a place in God’s grand plan of redemption.