Do you ever have moments where you wonder what in the world you are doing? Do you have times where you look back at the tasks you completed that day and think, “What did it even matter?” I know I do. I think that most of us do.
Not every day is filled with life changing adventures. Not every task is monumental. And sometimes we simply can’t see past the dull moments of our day to the bigger purpose behind it all. Sometimes the paperwork in the office, the cleaning up after the kids, the studying for exams, seems almost like a waste of time. We look back at our day and wonder what we really accomplished. So some paperwork got filed, the living room is a bit cleaner, I may get an A instead of a B on that test…but in the grand scheme of things, does it even make a difference?
The danger in this way of thinking is that we forget that God placed us where we are. He gave us the abilities to perform the tasks we dread or that seem so insignificant. He has us right where we are in life for a reason!
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
Every little thing that we do matters. Whether we realize it now or not. Even if no one else sees the little things we do, our God does. He knows the effort we put into our daily work. He gave us the physical ability to clean the house, the mental capacity to study and learn more. He blessed us with the jobs we have, even when they seem small.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
As Christians we are called to do everything for God’s glory. He has a plan far greater than we can fathom and if a part of that plan involves us doing the dishes, responding to endless emails, or sitting through lectures at school, who are we to question the plan of God?
In being thankful for every moment of every day and giving all the glory to God, our perspective changes. We see the possibilities around us rather than feeling trapped where we are. We find ways to shine the light of Christ through even the smallest ways. We become more in tune with the person God is calling us to be and are better able to hear His voice when He calls to us.
As we go about our daily tasks, let us all work to remember that God made us and has placed us where we are in life for a reason. Let us remember to give thanks for our abilities and accomplishments, no matter how small they seem. And let all that we do be done in love and for God’s glory so that we might bring other close to Him and may become more and more like Christ.
“Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love.” St. Therese of Lisieux