Have you ever read an article that addressed the exact thing you needed to hear?
Yesterday Phil, Daniel, Emily and I listened to a lecture from a leadership seminar. The speaker was talking about tough calls– those times when God asks you to do something really hard. Challenging, shattering, devastating, thrilling, ten o’clock news sort of things. The speaker asked the audience to offer themselves to God in this broken and hurting world to do something tough. It was very inspiring.
I thought of my definition of a tough assignment from God. For me it would be something like going to a hot remote place living in a hut among people that spoke a tonal language and where I couldn’t get lettuce or cheese and didn’t have internet.
This morning we found the exact thing we needed to hear when Emily read an article to us from Relevant magazine. Andrew Byer raises the issues of romanticized discipleship and spiritualized escapism. He writes, ” If we cannot be faithful to do our statistics homework or collaborate with our coworkers, then we may lack the strength of character required for dealing with the meticulous annoyances of a more radical life beyond the romanticized horizon.”
I thought of one of my heroes– my mom. She is in her mid-eighties and her present calling from God is to take care of my dad. To stay at home and do the mundane things of daily life and devote herself to loving him and making his world comfortable and safe and pleasant. Is that less important to God than my scenario in the desert? I am confident she is pleasing God and bringing him glory.
Maybe doing the mundane is a tough calling after all.