Never despise the mundane. Embrace it. Unwrap it like a gift. And be one of the rare few who looks deeper than just the surface. – Lysa TerKeurst The Best Yes
I’ve been a daydreamer for as long as I can remember. I’ve dreamed of fanciful trips, impossible adventures, and whirlwind romances. And sometimes I’ve become so ensconced in my imaginary world that I had a hard time deciphering between my dreams and reality. Oh, the life of a writer.
Although my ability to create a story out of nothing has made monotonous car rides and workouts enjoyable, it also has two major downsides.
- I can turn a molehill into a mountain in .4 seconds.
- I become dissatisfied with my actual life.
It’s hard to be joyful and excited about the mundane when your thoughts are constantly fixed on everything bigger and better. I mean, I rarely daydream about the mom scrubbing bodily functions off the wall, picking up the Legos for the 10th time this morning, and keeping the baby from eating everything.
Breakfast needs to made. Kids need to be dressed. Laundry needs to be done. Floors swept. Dishes washed. Errands run. Every day it’s the same thing. The same mundane life.
But I’m learning that there is JOY to be found in the mundane, and this is how I know.
How I Found Joy in the Mundane
Change of Perspective
All too often, I’ve confused being joyful with having great, exciting things happen to me. I had forgotten that joy is a fruit of the Spirit and is the result of the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, not worldly situations.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galtians 5:22-23 (emphasis mine)
True God-given joy doesn’t need miraculous moments to be experienced. It’s the byproduct of the Holy Spirit’s influence in our lives.
No More Comparing
I stopped comparing my life to those of the fictional characters in my head and your highlight reel on Facebook. The reason I labeled my life as mundane was because I thought your life was more exciting. The truth is that we both have repetitive, monotonous tasks in our life.
Even the people we believe are living these large awesome lives, still have to do ordinary things like trim toenails, pay bills, and get the oil changed in their cars.
We are much more likely to find joy in our lives if we take our eyes off of how great others lives are and focus on our Creator and His work in our own life.
Experience Joy Everywhere
An unfortunate result of comparing my life to yours was that I was constantly taking inventory of all of the areas my life didn’t measure up.
How can I be joyful when we are being sued? When my brother is on a ventilator? When I haven’t slept in days? Lucky for us, joy is not situational. Joy, like all fruits of the Spirit, can be experienced everywhere.
It’s the way my little girl giggles when I push her on the swing. My big boy proudly counting to 20. My husband coming home from work excited about the class he taught. It’s the feeling of relaxing under the covers after a day well spent loving others.
My son’s head resting on my arm as I type this. The relief of reading the right Scripture at just the right time.
Joy is the wink the older woman at the grocery story gives you as your child throw a tantrum. And older kids welcoming your little on the playground.
But more than anything, it is the knowledge that no matter what happens in this life our inheritance is secure in Christ.
Joy is all around us because it is in us. And wouldn’t you know, in the midst of a really hard season, I found proof that joy exists in the midst of trial. . . (Thank you, iPhone!)
The True Source of Joy
Where are you finding your joy today, friend? In the One true source or are you still striving to find it in the world?
While we may be able to find temporary happiness, long-lasting, enduring joy is only found through our King. Whether our lives are mundane or adventurous our God can fill our life with joy.
Seek God, and you will find joy.
Go love well, friend!
Do you struggle with finding joy in the mundane?
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