Sometimes I just want to shudder at how I sometimes put labels or categories into my life...most often, spiritual vs. unspiritual. It is true that doing the laundry is not your typical spiritual activity. But what I am realizing more and more is....it can be! And why is it? And should it be?
I started out this letter with the words labels and categories because I see us as Christians walking through doors. We walk in this door to have our "quiet time." Then we come out of that room and go through another door to clean house. Then coming away from that space and time, we call a friend, or go to church, or pay our bills, or dust the fans, or feed the dogs, or go to "work," or..... We know there's the stuff, and then there's dessert and passion. There's things we "have" to do, and there are things we "want" to do, and there are things we "ought" to be doing out of duty and yet we don't, and so on. How do we get out of this matrix of compartmentalizing? I know I want out! It is something I am learning, but the common thread to all we do is the Peace and Presence of the LORD with us. Emmanuel. Prince of Peace. I Am. He is with us. And not just when we're doing something "spiritual," but when we are in tune with His Spirit in and around us. He never leaves us. Kind of scary when you think about it! Also, a real fact. Scripture tells us. So how does that impact or change my life? If I continue to let Him increasingly have His way, let Him all the way in, I believe those walls and doors will start to fall down to the ground, one by one. I also believe I will have more impact for His kingdom, because whatever I am doing, I will be seeing it as an opportunity for worship, for making Him known, ministry, or simply loving my Maker, thankful for His grace and mercy towards me. Lord help us to see with your spiritual eyes all that is before us. Let the stuff of this life be, moment by moment, opportunities for eternity to break in and steal the show.
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, give thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:17