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3 Ways to Find Meaning in the Mundane

3 Ways To Find Meaning In The Mundane

I’ve been a bit frazzled these last two weeks. The culprit? Those perpetual little tasks I finally check off my list only to find them on it again…an hour later.

You know the ones. Dishes. Laundry. Cleaning. And how are there still clothes on my floor?? For the love of all things organized, can the mailman please stop drowning me in a mountain of papers to sort? Can things stay frozen in time (after I’ve deep cleaned) so a girl can get some peace around here? The futility of the mundane is driving me crazy.

At times I wonder, am I just wasting my life?

Because my work and toil feel in vain. Because the house will be a mess again by sunset. Because organizing a world that is destined for chaos makes me wonder if it’s even worth it.

But what if there is meaning in the mundane?

What if you’re not wasting your life? What if there is a bigger purpose at play when you sort the mail, change diapers, do the laundry and sweep the floor?

Here are three truths I’ve learned that have changed my perspective and helped me discover meaning in the mundane tasks of life.


How you view the tasks on your list will greatly impact your life and emotions.

When I looked at my to-do list, I mentally separated my tasks into two categories: the Meaningful and the Meaningless. I actually believed that some of my work was meaningless and unimportant. When I spent time on those tasks, I felt like I was wasting my life and found myself frustrated, distracted and anxious. I started resenting my work because it was stealing away time from what I viewed was more important.

But what if all tasks are meaningful?

In the Bible, God gave Adam a job. It was yard work, my friends. And who wants to clip bushes when you can hang out with dinosaurs all day? But God gave Adam a garden and told him to cultivate it, to care for it, to work it. The Greek word used for work in this passage is also the same word that is used for worship.

God didn’t see Adam’s daily work as meaningless. He saw it as worship.

All work is meaningful because God gives it meaning. Even lawn care. Because whatever I do, I’m working for the Lord (Col 3:23) and when I do it well with all my heart, God considers it worship.


But how much eternal value can there really be in scrubbing toilets? Do my monotonous tasks actually fit into God’s greater purpose for my life?

Actually, yes. A clean toilet can be part of God’s plan for your life.

Sometimes I get so focused on my future calling that I miss out on my present purpose. I can easily forget that the little tasks are what prepare us for the bigger ones.

Adam kept a garden. David led a flock. Peter caught fish. God used what looked like meaningless jobs to prepare them for their future.

Moses was a shepherd long before he led God’s people through the wilderness. David managed a flock before he managed a kingdom. Peter fished from a boat before Jesus called him to fish for men. Though it seems mundane at the time, there is often great purpose and preparation found in our humble circumstances.

Whatever work you have, big or small, has been intentionally given to you. This is your garden. This is your flock. Right now, God may be using your present to prepare you for your future. He is using the mundane to develop skills in you today that will be vital for tomorrow: Discipline. Patience. Perseverance. Joy. Contentment. Focus. Stewardship. Whatever God wants to build in you, you can bet He is using your current situation to do it.

How have your circumstances been specifically crafted to shape your character?


God uses the mundane to produce faithfulness in us. The question is, will we manage the little things well? Will we fulfill our responsibilities without finding fault in them?

God often starts by giving us something small to manage first. He uses it to equip and prepare us for more down the road. One sheep at a time, God prepared and equipped David for the responsibility of King. And because David was faithful with the little that he had, God gave him more to manage.

Recognizing these three truths about the mundane is changing my tune. God sees my mundane and will not let it go to waste. He is working out His plan for my life and using my routine work to do it.

So when the laundry piles up, the kids get cranky, and the lawn needs mowed, remember it isn’t all for nothing. There is meaning in the mundane.

May we stay faithful in the small things, for “whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much” (Luke 16:10). May we fulfill our responsibilities with joy and worship the One we serve, knowing that in His hands the mundane holds an eternal purpose.

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Pleasing God, Not Them: Proverbs 31

“Just don’t worry what other people will think.”

Have you ever received that advice? I know I have!

If you’re anything like me, this advice, although usually given with great intent, can start to feel cliche because of the amount of times I’ve had to hear it due to some people-pleasing tendencies.

But what does God have to say about people-pleasing?

Karen Ehman from Proverbs 31 Ministries shares in her devotional, “Pleasing God, Not Them”, that as daughters of God, we may not always make choices that please others as we seek to do God’s will. Check out a section of her devotional below, or visit Proverbs 31 Ministries for the full devotional.


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The Measure of a Mother's Wealth

My husband and I drive vehicles built in 2004.

We’re still living in our 5-year starter home… 18 years and counting.

We work hard and dream big and pay our bills on time. But those bills have never included brand new cars or Paris vacations or an inground pool. {I really want an inground pool.}

Let’s just say between the Dollar Tree and Saks Fifth Ave, we’re more of a Target kind of family.

Yet I have never felt richer.


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All of the Above

I love the “&” symbol. It’s known as the Ampersand. Little known fact: long ago it was considered the 27th letter in our alphabet, shorthand for “et”, which is Latin for “and”. That little symbol has become my personal flag.

My family is in a season of change— changes this past year with selling our house, most of our stuff, moving twice, and more.

And changes will come in the weeks and months ahead, some known but many unknown: a new city, new neighbors, new school, new culture, and language. With all of this change comes many thoughts and emotions including excitement, grief, anticipation, and fear. It is truly a season of “&”. It’s all of the above.


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The church of Philadelphia was a contrast to Sardis. While Sardis had "soiled" clothes, Philadelphia's clothes were much "cleaner". While I am quite sure the people of the Church of Philadelphia were not perfect, it is certainly worth noting that Christ had nothing to criticize them for (at least worth mentioning in the letter).

They were enduring.
Keeping the Word.
No denying His name.
With what little strength they had.

And Christ tells them to hold on to what they have.


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