How Can I Connect with God in the Ordinary?: Worship in the Mundane
So we’ve talked about spiritual disciplines—the training we need to live out the spiritual life.
We’ve talked about a rhythm of life—a pattern of disciplines throughout the day that keep us connected with God.
But what do we do in “real” life?
Dishes? Laundry? Traffic?
We don’t live in a monastery.
We live in a very ordinary existence, full of chores, responsibilities, and appointments.
Can we still connect with God then?
In Tish Warren’s Liturgy of the Ordinary, she suggests that the ordinary moments, the ebb and flow of the ordinary routines of life, can actually form the pattern for worship.
Even if it is chaotic, most of us generally wake up, get ready for the day, prepare meals, do some type of work, and then go to bed.
I steward and care for His temple when I shower or feed myself or sleep.
I live out the one-flesh relationship of Christ and the church when I serve my husband.
I am being His hands and feet of Christ when I care for my babies or discipline my children.
How might I invite God into my day as I live it?
When things are routine, I tend to check out. Chores, work, “little” stuff like getting dressed.
But instead of tuning out or distracting myself with entertainment, how about finding a way to connect with God in the midst of it?
It’s a bit unnatural, I’ll admit.
It will be a discipline.
But instead of separating life into secular and sacred, doing so just might allow me to stay in the presence of God even as I go through ordinary life.
Often, I read my Bible and then close it—and with it, my connection with God.
I walk out and then think the rest of the day is all up to me.
I basically profess to be a Christian but live like an atheist.
Do you do that?
Learning to think of my life as a pattern of worship is one step towards living with eternity before me.
What I do today matters to God. Doing these things in a spirit of worship, faith, and hope will reap eternal rewards.
Especially in those things nobody else sees.
For me, this has given the mundane a tremendous sense of meaning.
In the irritations and frustrations of that work, I am refined into the image of Christ.
But we have to consciously train ourselves to think that way.
Think about what you have to do today.
In what way can you worship Him through it? Grow in godliness in the midst of it?
Then enter into that task with your whole heart, as for the Lord and not for men. (Col. 3:17, 23)
As we do so, He meets us and transforms the ordinary into an act of worship.