One of my favorite ways to relax is to read a good book. It is my way of escape from thinking about lesson plans, IEPs, laundry, and many other seemingly mundane tasks of daily life. When I read, I am guilty of totally leaving my current surroundings and the people there. That is one reason I mostly read at night!
I have recently been re-reading a series of books written by Lynn Austin based on the reigns of several Old Testament kings. In the books, Austin freely admits that much of the storyline is fictional, but she has researched life in that time and part of the world and added that to the Biblical record to make for some thought-provoking novels. For one thing, it makes the reader want to go back and re-examine the Old Testament to see which parts are fictional and which parts are factual!
In Among the Gods (Chronicles of the Kings Book #5), I came across this quote that really made me think:
All of us would like to believe that we could accomplish one brave, selfless act for God and for His kingdom. But it takes greater courage to faithfully accomplish the daily, thankless tasks of everyday life for Him— being a father to our children, a good husband to our wives, building His temple one laborious block at a time.
I fear that I am so guilty of this! I want to do something great for God, but am I doing great with the jobs He has given me to do in my daily life? Am I being the Christian wife the Bible tells me to be? How am I doing in raising my children for the Lord? Am I shining God’s light to those around me at work? Am I loving my students in a way that will make them want to know what makes me different?
Instead of looking for something big or amazing to do, maybe I should just get busy doing what God has given me to do in an amazing way that brings glory to Him.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might …” (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…” (Colossians 3:23)
AUTHOR: Amber Tatum