I’m an emotional person. I cry a lot (sometimes at commercials – and not JUST when I’m injecting myself with hormones HA!) I laugh a lot and get excited easily.
When I first became a Christian, I had many “mountaintop” experiences. I wept during the entire 20 minutes at Young Life camp. I shouted with excitement singing and laughing at club. For a while, I thought following Jesus meant you’re constantly filled with overwhelming emotions of love, joy and peace.
God created our emotions and they (can be) used for His glory. However, when we think this is what following Jesus looks like, we’re often disappointed.
Life is lived in the normal and mundane. We wake up, go to school or work, complete half of our to do list, make dinner, hang out with friends, clean, go to bed and do it all again the next day. This doesn’t feel like a constant happy mountaintop experience. We often think to ourselves “is my life really supossed to feel this normal?”
In short, yes. By God’s grace he does sometimes give us these joy-filled, weeping experiences. But real life happens in the knitty-gritty, down and dirty. Life happens in our normal day to day. Faith in Jesus happens in our normal lives.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is staying faithful and steadfast when we don’t feel we’re living on top of Mt. Everest. I’m not even talking about when you’re living in the valleys… just when life is normal.
But when we remember the gospel of Jesus Christ, even the most normal of days is filled with spiritual significance. Jesus came to live on this earth, was tortured and died on the cross for our sin. His blood covers our sins and brings us into right relationship with God.
And when we remember this, scripture encourages us to:
…Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Cor 15:54-58
Our labor is not in vain! It’s not in vain when our labor is physically or emotionally hard. It’s not in vain when our days seem boring and mundane.
Sometimes the most holy thing we can do is put our hand to the plow and work hard. Whether it’s changing diapers, picking up toys and playing peek-a-boo all day; teaching students, making dinner and doing endless laundry; or going to the Y, attending college classes and doing homework, our labor need not be in vain.
Jesus is with you in the every day. Be steadfast, immoveable. Your job, cleaning your house or playing with your children is not in vain. Everything we do can have gospel significance. Cling to Jesus, trust Him in the day to day. You’re walking on holy ground.