As a young woman in the season of high school or college, it can be easy to sometimes feel as if your life has not yet started and what you’re doing is mundane. I want to assure you today, sister—that is simply not true!
However, I’m not here to encourage you to find meaning or purpose in the mundane. I’m here to tell you that the word “mundane” actually doesn’t even apply to any aspect of your life at all. I realize that is a really bold statement in a day and age in which it’s popular to encourage others to “find meaning in the mundane.” But allow me to explain.
As I was writing a book on gospel-centered motherhood last year, one day I looked up the actual definition of the word “mundane,” and found that it is defined as dull and pertaining to that which is merely earthly and temporal rather than heavenly or eternal. Reading that definition stopped me dead in my tracks, and I realized that if I believe what the Bible has to say about my life and how it is to be lived for the purpose of glorifying God, serving others and advancing His kingdom, then there is nothing mundane about any of it! It is heavenly, rather than merely earthly. And it is then anything but dull!
What I had to understand was that I have the ability to view each and every aspect of the things I do day in and day out as lending themselves to my purpose as a Great Commission worker. Whether it’s making what feels like the 10th meal of the day for my children or cleaning my home yet again, what might feel mundane actually is not. It’s providing the foundation for my children being able to see the love I have for them, which can in turn point them to the love of their Heavenly Father. It’s providing my family, my friends and guests who enter my home with a cozy, inviting atmosphere in which to share life and be encouraged. If we can view our lives through the lens of understanding that everything we do can contribute to the advancement of the kingdom of God, we will soon find that mundane is the furthest thing from an accurate word to describe our day-to-day lives.
Here are four things to remember if your life is feeling mundane.
1. Walking in good works does not begin when you become an adult. It starts now.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” This life of walking in the good works God has prepared beforehand for you to walk in doesn’t begin when you get married, become a mom, advance in some prestigious career or go off to the foreign mission field. It begins now, right here in this season of your life, whether you’re in high school, attending college or starting your first job.
2. Great Commission work starts now.
The same goes for our purpose as Great Commission workers spreading God’s truth. There is no age or season limit on being a Great Commission worker. All Jesus says about it is this: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). That means that if you are a Christ-follower, whether you are 13 or 93, you are tasked with being a Great Commission worker. And that simply is not mundane!
3. If you are a Christ-follower, you are an ambassador for Him, regardless of your age.
Your mission in life goes beyond doing good works and sharing God’s truth to actually being an ambassador on behalf of Christ every day of your life. Second Corinthians 5:20 says, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” It is your mission to represent Christ well and to be about the ministry of reconciliation—even if you are a teenager!
4. Let no one despise your youth, but instead be an example to others.
One of the most encouraging passages to me as a teen was 1 Timothy 4:12: “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” There is nothing to disparage about being young—the Lord called Jeremiah the prophet, David, Daniel, Timothy, Mary, Esther and countless others to do great things for Him, all at very young ages.
Sweet sister, I hope this has served to show you today that your life—right here and right now—is anything but mundane. You don’t have to “find purpose in the mundane.” You can delight in the fact that “mundane” doesn’t even begin to accurately describe your life and its meaning. You have an amazing purpose at the age you are right now—don’t ever forget that!