Of Microphones and Munchkins
For three days last week, I got up leisurely, had breakfast without fixing it for anyone else, and took my shower without a two year old pulling back the curtain to say, “Hello Mommy!” I coaxed curls out of my hair, put on makeup, a dress, scarf, necklace, and earrings. I packed up my cute bag with my binder full of presentations and spent the day talking with adults and occasionally stepping in front of the crowd to speak to them.
Yesterday, I sent my older two kids off to church to stay home with the croupy two year old. I changed out all the trash cans, cleaned out the fridge, vacuumed all the baseboards, made chicken soup, and tried to disinfect the house with Clorox. I took my new tab dividers out of my presentation binder and converted them to dividers for the kids various school categories.
And both kinds of days were an offering to the Lord. He doesn’t need my gifts without my willingness to humbly serve my family in the everyday grind. He doesn’t need me stepping behind a microphone if I am not willing to bend over a toilet or scrub out a bathtub. I will never outgrow the need to serve the least of these, and learn to worship while doing it.
Romans 12:1-2 The Message: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
God’s greatest work in our lives is happening every day, every hour, minute by minute. He is refining us, changing us and sanctifying us through our ordinary work days.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12: “ And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
In C.S. Lewis’s book, The Great Divorce, a man travels to heaven from earth and takes a look around. While he is there, he sees a woman of such radiant loveliness, he can hardly stand to behold her. He asks another angel who she is, thinking it must be someone famous and great. But the angel replies, “Oh her? You would never have heard of her. Her name was Sarah Smith and she lived in middle London.” He goes on to say that Sarah never was well-known but she loved every man, woman, child or beast that came her way with such gentle affection, each one left her presence better off than they were before.
Maybe our world needs fewer conference speakers and more Sarah Smiths.