by Gloria Furman
“Eeew,” a little girl said as she walked by my shopping cart. I checked my kids for any lingering grape jelly on their faces. Nope.
I looked down.
There was a “gift” from my baby– a mustard-colored stain streaked from my shoulder to my waist. (How do babies do that?)
“It’s just a season,” a bemused stranger commented as she watched me wrestle my stroller, infant, and two preschoolers into a bathroom to change my shirt.
I laughed out loud but grumbled in my heart, “I wish someone could give me the forecast for the rest of the season!” I seriously considered wearing a poncho until my kids are in middle school.
“You’ll get your real life back later, don’t worry,” the woman assured me as she washed her hands.
I sighed– not a sigh of relief, but a sigh of discontent. This is my real life. Babypoop stains on my shirt, wrangling preschoolers through stores, breaking up sibling squabbles, scraping dried applesauce out of the carpet…
Can I confess something to you? I wanted her to be right. I kind of like the idea that I’m living in some bizarre, alternative reality. Then God used that stranger’s comment to convict my heart to its core.
I had lost a sense of gratitude to God for the gifts He has given me, including the supremely valuable gift of Himself.
It makes me sick to my stomach to consider how I’ve missed out on the joy of His presence as I complained about serving my family, as I grieved over things like not being able to take spontaneous trips to the coffee shop, and as I kept a mental record of how much sleep I’ve lost so I can host pity parties.
The Bible says, “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).” God wants to be honored through our actions and attitudes– day-in and day-out through every season. And don’t I want to experience joy when I’m knee-deep in a spring cleaning fiasco or feeling buried by a full day after I’ve been awake all night? Of course I do. Don’t we all?
That’s what this blog is about.
God wants to redeem every mundane minute of your life for His glory and your joy.
We’re specifically discussing how the gospel of Jesus Christ applies to the mundane and brings us joy when we’re “in the middle of it.” In order to discuss this, we want to dig deep into God’s word– the Bible. The Bible has a lot to say about the mundane moments of life.
The Bible says that for those who are in Christ, Christ is in them as well. We live our lives through Him– as He lives in us.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20).”
ABOUT THE WRITER
Gloria is from all over the US (mostly Texas). In 2008 she moved to the Middle East with her husband Dave to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai. They have three fun kiddos (Aliza, Norah and Judson). Gloria is writing a book for Crossway on grace in the mundane and enjoys serving the ladies in her community as a doula.