I remember writing in my journal at age 15: My life is so mundane. I do the same things every week and I just want something more exciting. I built my life around seeing my friends and socializing because everything else seemed less than fun. I wanted an emotional high, not the duty of daily tasks.
It doesn’t matter what season of life you’re in—high school, college, early marriage—there will be times when it’s boring. Most of life actually happens in the boring moments; the moments where nothing exciting occurs. The making of breakfast, folding of laundry and doing of homework are where we become who we really are. It’s tempting to think that because nothing of world impact is happening, no impact is being made at all.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Daily Choices, Eternal Impact
God gives us a chance to honor Him in the small, daily choices. The movements we make through an average day may seem boring to our eyes, but they are accomplishing something eternal when done through the Spirit of God.
The Colossian believers may have struggled with this same view of their average day, because Paul wrote to encourage them: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
Our work—whether paid or unpaid, job or homework—can be done for the Lord, not just for people. Isn’t that awesome? And the reward we receive on earth can be as “boring” or minimal as possible, yet God will provide us a reward we can’t yet imagine. God rewards faithfulness in the mundane. He looks for those who can see beyond the present moment to the eternal impact being made.
Behind the Highlight Reel
Part of our dissatisfaction with daily work is how un-Instagrammable it is. It’s not something we post on social media, or even if we do, it’s not exciting, like a trip to another state, a relationship announcement or a cool weekend activity with an awesome photo op. Most people don’t take pictures of themselves washing dishes or cleaning their room. In between the photos in our highlight reel is real life, and we have to recognize the beauty in that, too.
When your life is boring, step back and ask: Is my life actually boring, or is it boring compared to the highlight reel of another person?
What we forget so easily is that everyone has mundane tasks. Everyone has repetitive, daily to-dos, things they don’t want to undertake but have to anyway. As Christians, we can do those things with dignity and motivation because we know they have eternal significance. Anything we do for the Lord, led by Him, can have a much greater blessing than we know.
You may never know what your daily work accomplished. You may have to do it in faith that God is using it to shape you or someone else. But in following Him and letting your “boring” life bring Him glory, you’ll find an incredible purpose in the mundane.
Next time you think your life is boring, remember who created it, who died to save it and who is still using it today.