What meaningful and impactful things am I doing these days? I feel I am not accomplishing anything significant on most days.
Katie Davis Majors, a homeschool mom to 13 adopted children in Uganda, is someone who seems to have accomplished some major things for God.
But she decided to take a step back from her official ministry, Amazima, to focus more on her family and the ministry within the walls of her own home.
In her book, Daring to Hope, Katie is honest about how, in her decision to be home more with her kids, she often felt she wasn’t being productive enough.
After doing all the so-called “big” things for God—things like saving people from starvation, diseases, poverty, and lack of education—she felt her efforts at home seemed small.
I am tempted to think this, too, when I’m cleaning up messes, doing dishes and laundry, and helping my children all day. Especially when I realize that tomorrow and the next day will probably look pretty much the same. A never-ending cycle.
In the midst of her time at home with her kids, homeschooling, making massive quantities of food, and showing hospitality, Katie was impacted by a quote from Zack Eswine in his book, Sensing Jesus.
Here is what Eswine says:
“God will give you a place to inhabit, which means you get to become attentive to what is there, where you are. This means that to dwell knowledgeably and hospitably in and toward the place that God gives you is to glorify him. God will give you a few things that he intends for you to do in your inhabited place and with those people. To do what God gives you to do is to strengthen the common good and glorify him.”
To dwell in the place God has given and love the people he has given. This is the truth and purpose of a God-ordained life.
“Slowly, I was beginning to understand that it wasn’t my productivity that God desired, it was my heart,” Katie realized.
“It wasn’t my ministry that God loved, it was me.”
“God had been teaching me the extraordinary strength it takes to just be ordinary. . . . He has shown me the beauty of being attentive to one person, in the mundane, again and again,” says Katie.
Yes, again and again. And again. And again.
Being faithful in the small, mundane things is hard. And it’s beautiful. It is what we are called to do, whether we are in the middle of America, or in the middle of Africa.
To dwell in the place we are given and love the people in our midst.
Sometimes, as I’m doing the daily, messy, mundane, ordinary chores, with soapy dish water up to my elbows, I dream of doing “great” things for God. But what I need to realize is God sees my service to Him, right where I am. God loves the weak things. And, paradoxically, the weak things are actually the significant things in His kingdom.
He wants my heart, not my accomplishments.
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