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Answering the Call to the Ministry of the Mundane

Lately my days (and nights) have been filled with nursing a newborn, changing diapers, taming toddler tantrums, snuggling my girls and trying to maintain a clean enough home. Not to mention attempting to make time for my husband.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about maintaining a good attitude by cultivating a servant’s heart. I will admit that I often struggle with this. I think the reason why is I forget that each of my responsibilities is a God-given calling. I fail to remember that every mundane moment of my day is ministry.

ministry of the mundane

When you look at the definition of the word mundane, it seems like anything but ministry.

mun·dane (adjective)
1. of or pertaining to this world or earth as contrasted with heaven; worldly; earthly: mundane affairs.
2. common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative.
3. of or pertaining to the world, universe, or earth.
-Dictionary.com

These are not words that often come to mind when we think of serving the Lord. Sometimes ministering in the mundane doesn’t feel like ministry. The beautiful thing is…

When we perform seemingly mundane tasks with the proper attitude of humility, they become ministry.

  • Waking up for nighttime feedings can be ministry.
  • Getting up for work every day can be ministry.
  • Training our children in godliness can ministry.
  • Going grocery shopping can be ministry.
  • Exercising can be ministry.
  • Fixing dinner each evening can be ministry.
  • Meeting a friend can be ministry.
  • Spending quality time with our husband can be ministry.

It is in these moments that we begin to apply the awe-inspiring work of the Gospel to our everyday lives and learn to worship and glorify God.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that one of the few things I’m really passionate about is encouraging and equipping women to live called for the glory of God by inspiring them to cultivate cross-centered hearts and homes. One of the ways we do this is by striving to minister where we are. How and where we serve the Lord changes with every stage and season of life.

I’m currently in a season of sometimes sleepless nights and exhausting days. God has been working on my heart and renewing my desire to serve my husband and children. God has called me home. This is where the main focus of my heart truly is and where it must remain in order to minister in the capacity that the Lord has led me.

Blogging has taken a bit of a backseat.

As you may (or may not) have noticed, I’ve been posting a lot less. I forgot to send out my monthly email newsletter at the end of last month. I failed to choose and post a memory verse for the Book to Brain Scripture Memory Challenge at the beginning of this month.

At first I was frustrated, but then I realized I needed to be okay with it because I am attempting to follow God’s leading to focus on my family and home at this time.

While I won’t stop writing–because I believe that is one of my callings as well–I am prayerfully asking God for direction in how to move forward with my ministry as a writer. I hope you will join me in this and grant me grace as I possibly make changes around here in the near future. :)

So, tell me….

What roles has God called you to and how are you fulfilling them?

 

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