Whatever You Do ~ Grace and Truth Week 36

We’ve all heard the verse before, the one that tells us “…whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord” (1 Cor. 10:31), but do we really have that mindset day by day? Are we intentionally choosing an attitude of serving the Lord in the midst of both the important moments and the incredibly mundane?

I so often fail to remember that even my most despised house chores are opportunities to worship the one true God and to practice thankfulness for the many blessings He has bestowed.

In fact, if you were at my house, you might find me grumbling about all that needs to be done, about how the four kiddos in the house leave their mess out for me to pick up, how my husband leaves his shoes for me to trip over, how the laundry never, ever, ever gets all the way done.

You may be laughing, but I’m not kidding – these are the complaints that at least register in my head even if I don’t always verbalize them (unfortunately, plenty of them do get verbalized). That’s just the honest, messy truth about me.

I can be a critical complainer.

But it ought not be so, friends.

I’m feeling more than a little convicted about this tendency to downplay the gift of life.

Every moment is a gift, even the ones that try us to the core of our beings.

I’m learning this difficult lesson – to give praise in the everyday and even in the painful moments, too.

Because I want to leave a legacy of putting God first in all things, not just in ministry or in writing, but in ordinary moments of parenting, and housekeeping, and marriage, and friendship, and… the list goes on.

Don’t you want it, too? The kind of legacy that leads others toward Christ rather than away from Him? The legacy that brings glory to a Father who deserves infinitely more glory than we can bring in a lifetime?

Lori of Searching for Moments reminds us of how easily we can get distracted from our legacies by busyness in our lives.  She reminds us of how mundane moments can add up to something extraordinary in the life of another. Stop by and give it a read – it’s worth the time!

And I had to chuckle over these two unique takes on laundry and faith from last week’s linkup – two ways to see laundry in a whole new light.

                              

 

Yes, we can leave a legacy of faith even while tackling that dreaded laundry mountain!

I’m not advocating a return to perfectionism, no sir. I’m advocating a graceful approach to a spirit of worship in all that we do.

Let’s live out our faith even in the small moments.

In whatever we do.

Even laundry.

Jen :)

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  1. Mim@themisadventuresofmommyinthemiddle.com says

    Awesome post! And a great reminder, especially since I just had the thought that my 2 girls are leaving a tornado of a mess behind them today that I get to clean up, but praise God that I have children to clean up after!

  2. says

    Jen, Thank you so much for the feature!! I’m honored! Life gets so busy for us Jesus-loving-people-serving wives and Mamas! It’s just so easy to get overwhelmingly busy. And wouldn’t the enemy just love that?! I know I have to constantly re-evaluate my choices.
    Thank you again!!

    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  3. says

    Agreed! My hope is that my children will be able to look back at all that my husband and I taught them and how we LIVED and know that we lived Christ in every moment (in the good and the bad).

  4. says

    Thanks for this post, Jen! I have a small (okay. . . BIG) issues with complaining, too. I needed this reminder so much. So thank you! And thank you for hosting this awesome truth and grace-filled link-up! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. :)

  5. says

    yes, I want to leave a legacy of putting God first in ALL parts of my life! I have Colossians 3:23 currently up on our refrigerator and it is our children’s memory verse for the month! It’s too important now to emphasize in our lives! Thanks for the reminder!

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