I remember so many days when I’d sit and cry out to God, Do I really have a purpose? It seemed my life was all about wiping noses, running carpools and doing laundry. While being a full-time wife and mother of three children, there were many days I questioned myself. After a very challenging day in Mommyland, I had a “Calgon, take me away” moment.
I sat in my bathtub full of soothing bubbles asking God Why? I admit – I was having a full-blown pity party right there in my own tub! Before I went to bed that night, I picked up my Bible and began to read. I had questions and I needed answers.
God quickly led me to a verse that changed my heart. “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him” Romans 12:1 (MSG).
Unbelievable! God spoke right there: “It is in the ordinary, I find the extraordinary.” It was my ordinary life I was questioning, because I was bogged down in the ordinary duties of being a mommy and wife. Yet, God was saying to give Him the ordinary as an offering! I had wasted so much time and energy thinking I wasn’t useful because I didn’t have what seemed an important job.
I hadn’t stopped to realize that what I was doing was important. Yes, it might have been ordinary, but it was extremely important. Hallelujah! God crushed my insecurities that day with His message! I realized surrendering my ordinary life as an offering was my purpose. My sleeping, eating, wiping runny noses, changing diapers, doing laundry, running carpools, cooking and all those other daily chores now had meaning; they were an offering to God. Yes, I have a purpose!
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.”
– Romans 12:1 (MSG)
“Lord, please help me see Your purpose and extraordinary in the ordinary. May I learn to find fulfillment in the most mundane of tasks, because my eyes are fixed on you. Lord, I lift every moment and chore up to You as an offering. Let me see my purpose in…”