It’s the middle of the week.
Most likely, you’ve done pretty much the same thing all week long.
It starts to feel mundane. Like a routine. Like a rut. Like a hamster on a wheel running round and round in the same small circle.
For you moms, it might look like this: get up, wake up the kids, pack lunch, drop them off at school, go to work, do the grocery shopping, come home, cook dinner, help the kids with homework, clean up the house, and finally go to bed.
Only to get up the next morning and do exactly the same thing all over again.
We all have our schedules.
For me, it’s a mixture of school, homework, church, and music.
Not that bad of a schedule sometimes.
I’ve got it pretty easy right now.
But even with that being true, I still have days where I feel like life gets boring.
Usually it’s around Wednesday…. when I’ve been doing the same thing for 3 days, and still have 2 more to go.
Maybe you’re not like this… but sometimes I just get worn out by life.
I feel like that hamster in the wheel.
Life feels mundane and slow.
I find myself wishing my time away all too quickly, just so I can get to my Saturday and do something different.
But you know what I’m realizing?
Jesus never intended life to be mundane.
Really. Just think about it.
Jesus’ disciples probably didn’t feel this way.
Because they didn’t have time to.
They were constantly busy doing what He called them to do.
Every day, they found a new person to interact with or a new task to accomplish for Jesus.
They didn’t allow the mundaneness of life to slip in because they stayed busy for God.
About now, you’re probably yelling at me through your computer screen….
“What do you know?! You’re 16. I stay plenty busy! Maybe I’m not fishing and walking in the wilderness with Jesus… But I have a job and family! I have a full life! You have NO idea how busy I am. How dare you say this mundane feeling is my fault??”
To that, I would respond this way — you’re right.
I don’t know what your life is like.
I don’t know how busy you are.
I don’t know, or even pretend to understand, how much you have to deal with on a daily basis.
And by no means am I trying to say that the mundane moments in life are your fault…because we all have them from time to time.
However, what I am trying to say is this —
A life truly focused on serving God’s kingdom should never be boring.
God is a God of excitement and new adventures and opportunities.
If we give Him the chance, He’ll open new doors.
When we let Him in, He refuses to let life be boring.
God has shown me in the last few years just how exciting following Him can – and should – be.
He has the power to take an average day and make something extraordinary of it.
In fact, He has a track record of doing that exact same thing with people…. But I think that’s another blog for another time.
People get the idea that when we give our lives to God and have to give up worldly things, our fun is ended. They think God wants to ruin their good time. They think becoming a Christian and following God will be boring.
But how wrong they are….
In the last four years, I’ve become much closer to God.
Yes, I’ve had to give up things I wanted to do.
But boy oh boy, has He replaced them a thousand times better.
In the last year alone, I’ve been to Nashville for a music camp where I got to sit in classes with my favorite Christian music artists, gone to Dallas to represent my church district in national Fine Arts with a short sermon, made new friends that are just like sisters now, seen countless artists on my bucket list, and oh so much more.
My life is anything but boring and mundane most days.
You’re probably screaming at me again….
“Well that’s great for you! I’m so glad things are exciting in your life… I’m happy you’re doing so great. But that’s not how my life is working out!”
Again, I understand.
Notice I said most days?
I’ve had my fair share of the days that dragged on and on…turning into weeks…and months…and even years of the same old thing.
It’s part of life.
Life in America is fast-paced, allowing very little free time.
Days are full and we just wanna rest.
At the end of the day, we’re tired from all we’ve had to do and it just makes life miserable.
On those days, I have to ask for some Help.
I have to go to my Heavenly Daddy and ask Him to open a door for some change.
I ask Him to do something to mix up the day-to-day sameness of life.
I ask for a person in my path, or an unexpected sign to remind me that life is never boring when following Him.
Although I have the mundane days, when I pray that prayer, He always comes through.
He does something to show me that He’s a God of excitement.
He’ll do the same thing for you if you just ask Him.
I can’t promise you that every day will be full of excitement and surprises….
Because like I said, we all have bad days.
But what I can promise you is that when we truly follow Him, there will be countless opportunities to serve Him in new ways.
It may be as small as simply letting the person behind you in line at the grocery store go before you.
It might be as miniscule as opening the door for a stranger or smiling at someone in the car beside you on the way to work.
Honestly… Those small things aren’t so small.
When we live life through the lens of selfless grace and servanthood, the small things become seemingly bigger.
That’s all it takes to show Jesus to somebody.
A small act or gesture of love.
It won’t always be a huge display of kindness that sweeps someone off their feet.
But that’s okay.
More times than not, it’s the little things done with a humble heart that touch the heart of God (and man) the most.
If we learn to fill our lives with these small opportunities to show His love to others, I believe we will find that there is great excitement in life.
Even on the seemingly boring days in the week, we can choose to go out of our way to be kind to a stranger.
When we do this, life has this way of not being so mundane anymore.
Take every day as a gift from God to do something big for Him.
Because folks, that’s exactly what life is.
It’s a chance to make much of Him and His love.
He said in His Word that every day is the day He has made and we should rejoice and be glad in it. [Psalm 118:24]
A wise friend of mine once said it this way : “every day might not be good, but there’s something good in every day.”
So I challenge you – I challenge me.
Find that good thing.
Seek it out and once you find it, act on it.
Never let another day pass by without finding the beautiful excitement in it.
Big or small, I promise it matters to God, and whether you know it or not, it matters to someone else too.
Every day is His gift to you.
So rejoice in it.
Be glad about it.
Get rid of the mundaneness and show His love to someone today.
Life is much better when you focus on others above yourself.